The “Orange” writing staff is currently comprised of five women and two men […] Outside the cozy bubble of our room, only 30.5% of television writers are women. I don’t have any other statistics to share with you, as that was the only one easily available via Google. What I can tell you is that throughout every step of creating this show, I’m constantly struck by how many women I’m surrounded by—not just in the room, but beyond it: the cast, the crew, the people in charge on every level. It’s in stark contrast to the executive floor at the Important Studio, where without exception, every executive was male and 99% of the assistants were female. […]
I can’t tell you how our show will affect the landscape of television or how it advances the importance of diverse female narratives. I know casting the show was thrilling. The array of skin color and the range of bodies were unlike anything I’d seen on television before. Even on the frustrating days, when a script was due and I was convinced I was a talentless hack, I consoled myself by trusting that it felt important to be telling stories about women who are largely ignored in the mainstream media. In my more assured moments, I knew that we were attempting to give a voice to the miles that fall in between black and white, gay and straight, good and bad. That is: giving a voice to most humans.