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Of the three dozen films identified as potential Oscar contenders, 22 of them have at least one female producer.

That seems to indicate women producers are gaining more equality with their male counterparts. And the Producers Guild of America says that nearly half (47%, to be exact) of its 6,000 members are women, according to Lydia Dean Pilcher of the PGA Women’s Impact Network.

But while those tallies represent some progress for femme producers over the past decade, a closer look reveals something troubling: There’s still a huge economic disparity between the sexes.

Stacy Smith, a professor at USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism, says that the role of women seems to diminish in direct correlation to the cost of movies.

Of the year’s top live-action films at the box office, “Iron Man 3,” “Man of Steel,” “Gravity,” “Fast & Furious 6,” “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “World War Z, »


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