Women had less than a third of speaking parts in the most popular films of 2007 to 2014, according to a new study that gives further evidence of persistent inequality in Hollywood, on-screen and off. The University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism examined the 700 top-grossing films between 2007 and 2014 for the study, released on Wednesday. The results, researchers said, revealed “a complete picture of Hollywood’s indisputable bias against featuring females, people of color and LGBT characters on screen”. USC found little signs of improvement. In 2014’s 100 most popular movies, 21 featured a female lead, about the same percentage as the 20 found among the top films of 2007. Behind the camera isn’t any better. Of the top 100 films in 2014, two were directed by women. In 2007 there were three. Of the 700 films examined, three were directed by African Americans. “By examining the trends over time, it is clear that no progress has been made either on screen or behind the camera when it comes to representing reality,” said the USC professor Stacy L Smith, author of the study. “This report reflects a dismal record of diversity for not just one… Read full this story
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