Women Characters Left Out of Films in 11 Countries

A study of 120 films from 11 countries released between 2010 and 2013 reported women had only 31% of the speaking roles and only 23% had a female protagonist.[i] Women and teen girls were sexualized, showing more skin, while women were rarely shown in STEM jobs. Films with a female director or writer had more girls and women on screen. The countries with the most female leads (40%) were Australia, China, and Japan.

[i] Stacy Smith, et al., “Gender Bias Without Borders,” Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, 2014.



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