Report sees "inclusion crisis" for women in Hollywood

“Wonder Woman,” the biggest hit of the summer, is that rarity: a Hollywood studio film — an movement movie, at that — destined by a woman. But according to a new study of farrago in front of and behind the camera, its success may not predict a change in the depiction of women on screen.

Only one of this weekend’s top 10 non-animated cinema was destined by a woman, and fewer than half of them are led by womanlike actors.

A new study from USC Annenberg’s School for Communication and Journalism, “Inequality in 900 Popular Films: Examining Portrayals of Gender, Race/Ethnicity, LGBT and Disability from 2007-2016,” examines equivalence in the film industry. Researchers looked at the top cinema annually, and some-more than 39,000 characters, to magnitude any changes in farrago over the past decade.

Professor Stacy Smith, a co-researcher of the study, told “CBS This Morning” they complicated every speaking impression — from those who complete one word all the way to the film’s protagonist — and looked at a accumulation of characteristics: gender, race/ethnicity, LGBT and characters with disabilities.

Less than a third of all speaking roles, they found, went to girls and women — a gender ratio of 2.3 males to every one female.

“The needle is not moving for females on screen in films,” Smith said.

There was also what she called an “epidemic of intersectional invisibility.” Among last year’s top 100 films, 45 did not underline even one womanlike black speaking impression on screen; 66 were abandoned of Asian females, 72 did not underline any speaking Latina characters; and some-more than 90 were lacking any LGBT characters.

“We like to contend we don’t have a farrago problem; we actually have an inclusion crisis, on screen and behind the cameras,” Smith said.

Smith pronounced that despite the success of female-driven content, such as Oscar-nominated “Hidden Figures” (which grossed $169 million domestically), the charcterised “Moana” ($248 million), or this summer’s biggest film, “Wonder Woman,” destined by Patty Jenkins (which has grossed about $400 million), the miss of women in decision-making positions means on-screen participation has seen little change.

“Half of the box bureau assembly is women; 49 percent [is] people of color. You would think, because are we leaving income on the table?”


Director Patty Jenkins with Gal Gadot filming “Wonder Woman.”

According to the USC Annenberg’s “Inclusion or Invisibility? Comprehensive Annenberg Report on Diversity (CARD) in Entertainment” (February 2016), there are few women at the top echelons of energy in Hollywood — those who have the management to sinecure and to green-light projects. And that miss of farrago spreads via the artistic fields. 

The latest study finds that last year, among calm creators, women represented 4.2 percent of directors, 12.2 percent of screenwriters, and 20.7 percent of producers. Among composers, only 1.7 percent were women.

And of the 900 films totalled from the past decade, only 3 were destined by African-American women, two by Asian women, and one by a Latina. “We really see that there’s ostracism when it comes to who’s getting to call the shots,” Smith said. “They’re not getting the opportunity. And the commentary benefaction a flattering condemning mural of exclusionary and discriminatory employing practices.”

Last year, of the top 100 films, only 34 featured a womanlike lead or co-lead. Smith blames in partial a robe of decision-makers who couple the gender, race and ethnicity of the film’s lead impression to the director. “It gives womanlike directors fewer opportunities” to be considered, she said. “Women aren’t on the care list.”

By contrast, their 2016 study found that in brief films and eccentric facilities destined by women, there were some-more girls and women on screen, some-more womanlike leads, some-more women age 40 and over, and some-more secular and racial diversity.

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