by C. Raboin

  1. Women are cast in 30% or less of the speaking roles in major motion pictures. New York Times, (29.2 %) (citing Davis Institute Gender in Media Study) Scott and Dargis (September 3, 2014). Annenberg School (USC), Gender Inequality in 500 Films, (28.4%), Smith, Choueiti, Scofield, Pieper. (2013). Variety, Female Characters Under-Represented (citing Lauzen, Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State) Littleton (30%) (March 11, 2014).
  1. Minority women have even fewer speaking roles.   Variety, Study: Female Characters Under-represented in Movies, (citing Lauzen, Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State) Littleton (30%) (March 11, 2014). (African-American female representation on screen was 14%. Female Hispanic characters were at 5%. Asian-American female characters accounting for 3% in 2013.)
  1. In 2013, the ten highest paid female actors collectively made $181 Million. During the same period, the ten highest paid male actors made $465 Million. Forbes, Highest Paid Celebrities: Actors and Highest Paid Celebrities: Actresses (2013).
  1. Less than 15% of top grossing films featured a balanced cast (at least 45% women). Annenberg School (USC), Gender Inequality in 500 Films, (6%) Smith, Choueiti, Scofield, Pieper. (2013). Variety, Female Characters Under-Represented, (citing Lauzen, Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State) Littleton (13%). (March 11, 2014).
  1. Women represent only 4.1% of directors in major motion pictures. Annenberg School (USC), Gender Inequality in 500 Films, Smith, Choueiti, Scofield, Pieper. (2013).
  1. Women represent only 16.7% of the major production roles in major motion pictures. Directors (4.1%); Writers (12.2%); Producers (20%); and Cinnematographers (2%). Annenberg School (USC), Gender Inequality in 500 Popular Films, Smith, Choueiti, Scofield, Pieper. (2013). New York Film Academy, Gender Inequality in Film (2% Cinematographers) (2014).
  1. Women are three times as likely as men to be shown partially naked or in sexual attire. Annenberg School (USC), Gender Inequality in 500 Films, Smith, Choueiti, Scofield, Pieper. (2013).
  1. Women are more likely than men to be depicted as 21 – 39, while men are more likely than women to be depicted as 40 – 64. Annenberg School (USC), Gender Inequality in 500 Films, Smith, Choueiti, Scofield, Pieper. (2013).
  1. Violence against women in film is ubiquitous. “[V]iolence is most problematic, not because it’s a cliche, but because of how it’s deployed as a narrative device: not to incite genuine offense, but as an aesthetic element in itself, allowing filmmakers to indulge their most luridly toxic fantasies while pretending to abhor them.” The Washington Post, Anne Hornaday (September 9, 2014).
  1. Academy of Motion Pictures. Since 1927, the Motion Picture Academy has nominated only four women for best director (Lina Wertmuller (1976); Jane Campion (1994); Sofia Coppola (2004); and Kathryn Bigelow (2010)). Only one woman has won (Bigelow). Academy of Motion Pictures.