Less than a third of all speaking characters in the nation’s top-grossing films in the last six years were female. That’s according to a new study from the Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Researchers looked across 600 films and checked out every character who spoke one or more words on screen — more than 25,000 characters in all. The report is the largest, most comprehensive analysis of gender prevalence in recent film to date.
Here’s a breakdown of what the researchers found.