It seems there is still quite a difference between the number of roles for females and males in Hollywood.
According to a study by US academics Conor Neville and Phyllis Anastasio of Saint Joseph’s University, about 32% of the roles in 50 of the top-grossing films in the US in 2016 were female. That number dips down another percentage point when focusing on lead character roles. While these figures are higher when compared to numbers taken in 2002, with only 28% of roles in 88 films going to females, it pales in comparison to the 2010 US census recording that the female population in the US stood at over 50%.
Neville went on to explain, “Progress has been made, but men still outnumber women two to one in film, which means that the more powerful representations of women seen in our sample are not getting the screen exposure comparable to their proportion in the real world.”
Moreover, when it came to roles of leadership, female characters stood at 26% while male characters garnered a 57%. Anastasio went on to state:
“Although on the surface, not being portrayed as equal to men in film and television may seem rather inconsequential, inequality is the first step towards violence against any person or groups of people. As subtle as gender inequality is in film, it is just that – inequality – and, as such, it contributes to the overall dehumanisation and victimisation of women.”
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Source: The Guardian.