Hollywood's seemingly non-stop gender rift continues to plague the industry, despite its often upfront progressive stances. A study conducted by San Diego State University entitled "The Celluloid Ceiling: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women on the Top 250 Films of 2014" [via Variety] from the school's Center for the Study of Women in Television found that a staggeringly low percentage of female directors are behind big market films; a problem that has been in the industry for decades.

Specifically, the study uncovered that a comical 7 percent of the top 250 grossing films had a female director. Even more so distressing, out of the top 700 films the number only climbs to 13 percent. Additionally, only 11 percent of the top 250 films featured female writers, 18 percent featured female editors, and 5 percent female cinematographers. The highest individual margin the top 250 belonged to female producers, making up 23 percent of the total.

The study also found that the figures began to alter once women were put in a position with more creative control. Over half of the movies featuring female directors also had female writers, in contrast to the 8 percent of female writers with male directors. Figures for female editors leap to 35 percent and cinematographers jump to 26 percent with female directors in charge as well, compared to 15 percent and 5 percent on the male side.

On her study, Dr. Martha Lauzen notes, "The cultural zeitgeist at the moment is very concerned with providing more people with more opportunities, but the numbers have yet to move. We’re getting a lot of public dialogue about the issue as actors like Patricia Arquette and Meryl Streep speak up, but we haven’t seen that groundswell result in higher numbers."

"I think there is a notion that women are not being hired as directors on big films because they are somehow riskier hires," Dr. Lauzen continues. "The problem is that’s not how Hollywood works. There’s a growing list of male directors who are relative newbies and are placed at the helm of $100m-plus films with little feature experience."