The New York Times' Bill Carter has a great piece out on the lack of women writers on the staffs of late night television shows.
from the article:
In many ways, television today is about women more than men.
More women watch television than men; female producers and writers have had huge success in prime time and daytime; in January, women will occupy two of the three seats as anchors of network evening newscasts.
But there is one glaring exception: very few women make it inside the writing rooms for late-night television hosts, despite that women make up a larger proportion of their audience than men.
Irin over at at Jezebel used Carter's article to break down the number of women writers per show. The results:
"The Jay Leno Show": Zero.
"Late Show with David Letterman": Zero.
"The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien": Zero.
"The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson": One, apparently (his sister).
"Jimmy Kimmel Live!": One.
"The Colbert Report": One.
"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart": Two female writers just added.
"Late Night with Jimmy Fallon:" Three out of "about a dozen."
Among Late-Night Writers, Few Women in the Room (New York Times)
Guess How Many Female Writers There Are On Late Night? (Jezebel)