Films Had Fewer Female Protagonists in 2017
Published Feb 22, 2018With each new year comes another set of studies analyzing pop culture, and the news is almost never good. Today, the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University has released its annual look at film, and with it comes another batch of disheartening statistics.
Specifically, the organization's data demonstrates that there were fewer female protagonists in 2017. Compared to 2016, the number of women playing protagonists was down 5 percent.
To determine the numbers, the group analyzed 2,361 characters from the top 100 films at the box office in 2017.
Other bad news included the fact that only 32 percent of the year's films featured 10 or more female characters, while 79 percent had 10 or more males.
It wasn't all bad news, however, as there were some minor, incremental improvements. Specifically, black female characters increased from 14 percent to 16 percent, while Latina characters increased from 3 percent to 7 percent. Finally, Asian female characters increased from 6 percent to 7 percent.
Read the entire report here [via the Associated Press].