The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at SDSU released a study about how women fared on-screen last year. Spoiler alert: nothing has changed. Their content analysis included over 2,300 characters in top grossing films and compared these results to statistics in 2011 and 2002.
- 15% of protagonists were female
- Females comprised 29% of major characters
- 30% of all speaking characters are female
- Females are generally younger (20s-30s) than males (30s-40s)
- 73% of all female characters were Caucasian. 14% were African American, 5% Latina, and 2% Asian.
- Females were more likely to have an identifiable marital status, but less likely to have an identifiable occupational status.
- Male characters had an identifiable goal more often than female characters
- Males had more work related goals (75%) than life related (25%), whereas for females, the goals were more evenly split, leaning more towards life goals (48% vs. 52%).
- More men than women were portrayed as leaders.
This is the state of film today, compared to two years and a decade ago. Still no perceptible changes are being made. Studios are still churning out good ol’ run of the mill sexism.