By Melissa Silverstein | Women and Hollywood May 15, 2012 at 1:03PM
New stats are out from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film. This time the research takes a look at the amount of female characters onscreen in the top grossing 100 films of 2011.
The study entitled "It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World: On-Screen Representations of Female Characters in the Top 100 Films of 2011" showed that women account for 33% of the characters but only 11% of the leading characters. This is at a time when women make up 51% of the population. A decade ago women made up 16% of the leads in films. Male characters are also much more likely to be seen as leaders onscreen 86% compared to 14%. I guess it's easier to make a man a political leader when that is the norm is society. It's also easier to have more men with leadership capabilities because we see more older men onscreen. Men over 40 make up 50% of the characters and women over 40 only make up 25% of the characters.
Other stats include the fact that most of the female characters are white 73% and the number of African American females has declined from from 15% in 2002 to 8% in 2011.
And the kicker is that men get identified by their occupation and women get identified by their marital status and when a woman's occupation is identified 22% of the time the woman is identified as being out of the workforce.
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