Graduation Date


Document Type

Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Communication and Media Studies

Department or Program Chair

Bradley Van Alstyne, MA

First Reader

John Duvall, PhD


The gender wage gap is defined as the difference between the amounts of money paid to women and men, often for doing the same work (Cambridge, 2017). The gender wage gap is a reoccurring financial issue in all aspects of the business world. Most all career paths have had a wage gap between men and women. Having equal pay for equal work should be a thing of the past. However, women today are still fighting to close the wage gap and work equally in all fields. The film industry is one of the largest entertainment industries in America and still, shows large amounts of women not being paid the same as men in above and below the line positions of film. In my research study, my focus is to better understand the gender wage gap in the film industry and I will do this through a review of literature based around my topic. The purpose of this literature review and critique is to provide information about the gender wage gaps underlying effect in the film industry and present articles, studies, and findings that show a different perspective on the positive effects of closing the pay gap.