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New report shows deep marginalization of women in 2014’s top films

BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD on the set of Jurassic World. © 2015 Universal Studios

The New York Times reports that new data reveals the extent to which women continue to face marginalization in top films in the United States. The study, “Inequality in 700 Popular Films,” was released this week by the Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. It contains several negative, yet unsurprising statistics. One of the most notable is that in 2014, of the 100 top-grossing fictional films, “girls/women make up less than a third of all speaking characters on screen and less than a quarter of the leads/co-leads driving the story lines.” Many attribute these startling numbers to the fact that only 1.9 percent of these films were directed by women.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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