Women ‘Dramatically Under-Represented’ In Hollywood, Says New Study

by Mwbnews | Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 | 655 views

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A new study says that women were “dramatically under-represented” in 2013’s major films.


The new research from the San Diego-based Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film found that only 13% of the top 100 flicks had an equal number between major male and female characters.

Female lead characters comprised only 15%, 29% in major characters, and only 30% of speaking characters on screen. Almost 75% of all female characters were Caucasian.

In terms of job and occupation, only 60% of characters had a profession in the films, compared to almost 75% of males with jobs.

In the perspective of production, 97% of the films had no female composers, while women accounted only for 16% of all the executive producers, producers, directors, cinematographers, writers, and editors.

The study analyzed around 7,000 characters in 300 movies.

‘Little movement’

“Overall, we have seen little movement in the numbers of female protagonists and females as speaking characters over the last decade,” said Dr. Martha Lauzen, who oversaw the study’s progress.

At the Oscar ceremony, Best Actress winner Cate Blanchett echoed this sentiment.

“Those of us in the industry who were still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films – with women at the center – are niche experiences, they are not. Audiences want to see them and in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people,” said the award-winning Australian actress.

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