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Female? These are your chances of getting on film

Women have made big gains in comedies, but they lag behind in animated films and action flicks

by USC Annenberg staff

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.

Gender inequality in films info graphic

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