An Investigation of female Characters in popular films across 11 Countries
Dr. Stacy L. Smith, Marc Choueiti, & Dr. Katherine Pieper with assistance from Yu-Ting Liu & Christine Song Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative USC Annenberg
The purpose of this study was to examine the prevalence and nature of female characters in popular films from 11 countries around the world.
#1 Global Alert: Girls are Nowhere to be Scene
A total of 5,799 speaking or named characters on screen were evaluated, with 30.9% female and 69.1% male. This calculates into a gender ratio of 2.24 males to every one female. Turning to protagonists, only 23.3% of the films had a girl or woman as a lead or co lead driving the plot.
#2 A Ray of Hope: More Female Filmmakers, More Female Characters On Screen
#3 No Matter the Territory, Female Characters Cannot Escape An Emphasis on Appearance
#4 The Leering Lens: Fictional Females Aged 13-39 Equally Sexualized
#5 Widespread Gender Disparity: On Screen Inequality Doesn’t Mirror Real World Roles
#6 Female Executives are an Endangered Species in International Films
#7 No Justice for Fictional Females in Law, Medicine, and Academia
#8 No Seeds Being Planted for Women and Girls in STEM With Males Outpacing Females by Over 7 to 1