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Women take the back seat in international films

Only a third of speaking parts go to women in the world's biggest movie markets

Across the nations that are most profitable for the film industry, less than a third of all speaking characters are female — even though women make up half the population. That’s according to a new study from the Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

The study analyzed films from Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Russia, South Korea, the United States and the United Kingdom — as well as U.K.-U.S. collaborations. It was commissioned by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and supported by UN Women and The Rockefeller Foundation.

Take a look at some of its major findings in this infographic.

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