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How Have Women Fared in Film Over the Last Five Years? (GRAPHS)

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by Beth Hanna
November 26, 2013 12:11 PM
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Jennifer Lawrence in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" caught box office fire this past weekend as a female-led action film. In timely fashion, the New York Film Academy has created a lengthy graphic showing that, despite the winningly tough likes of Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen or Jena Malone's Johanna Mason, quite a lot of work still needs to be done in the film industry toward gender equality. This is the obvious thing that always bears repeating. Issues broached in the graphs include percentages of female speaking characters, percentages of female characters called upon to wear "sexy" clothing or get partially naked (versus their male counterparts), percentages of documentaries made by women versus narrative films, and much more. All is looked at within the prism of the last five years. Check it all out, below.

The Hollywood Reporter's Actress round table recently broached the issue of women in film, and the no-bullshit Emma Thompson pointed out that, despite the occasional salient example, not much has changed for women over the past 20 years in the industry. Meanwhile, our coverage of the "Women Who Kick Ass" panel at Comic-Con is here; and "Hunger Games" franchise producer Nina Jacobson at CinemaCon, talking Hollywood's never-ending chase of the young male demo, is here.


3 Comments

  • Maria Giese | November 27, 2013 2:40 AMReply

    I am always so troubled by the underlying apathy and sense of intrinsic defeat communicated when women say, "Things are getting better, but it's going to take a long time." The truth is it only takes an instant to make the choice for equality. Keri Putnam did it last year at Sundance, choosing director gender parity in the features in competition line-up. As long as more than 95% of America's feature films are directed by men, then our society's most socio-politically influential global export will communicate a perspective that is perversely skewed. If the leaders of liberal Hollywood were not so muddled by sheer greed, they would do as Putnam did and make the right choice-- simply and immediately-- for lawful gender equity in America's entertainment industry. It's disheartening to hear women limply gesture toward some vague future of equity. It's our right to demand it right now for ourselves and for the coming generations of women. And the the study here is completely wrong regarding who the most influential women in Hollywood are in terms of creating change to for women today. The women mentioned above might be helping out by modeling their own individual success, but they are not speaking out for the greater good of women-- on the contrary. Smarten up New York Film Academy and look a little more deeply at where the real change is coming from.

  • Carol | November 26, 2013 8:52 PMReply

    Such a great movie, I was able to watch The Hunger Games Catching Fire for free moviesatyou.com, check it out!

  • Martha | November 26, 2013 3:25 PMReply

    This is a rather interesting and informative look at women in movies, and definately shows that more work needs to be done. But definately their has been progress in the last few decades. We have a lot more inspiring female parts than in the past, even more than those listed: Elinor from Brave, Helen From The Incredibles, Calhoun and Vanellope from Wreck-it Ralph, Roxanne from Megamind, Susan from Monsters Versus Aliens, Elizabeth from Pirates of the Carribean, Black Widow from the Avengers, Astrid from How to Train Your Dragon, Event the Harry Potter movies, in which their are too many awesome females to count, really. And their are probably many more that I haven't mentioned, that would almost NEVER have happened years ago. Used to, all women, in general, were shown as housewives or dependent on men, or not doing or incapable of doing things men did. So we have come a long way. We just aren't to full gender equality yet, just as we really aren't in the rest of society. Art reflects a society, and until the society thinks women are REALLY equal to men, they won't be in most of the movies. It will take time, a long time, but we are definately heading in the right direction.

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