You're Seeing Less Women in Film Than You Think
Though Lucy made more money than Hercules this summer, and Frozen became the highest-grossing animated film, women are still underrepresented in media around the world. In "Gender Bias Without Borders," the Geena Davis Institute for Gender in Media conducted research in 11 countries and found that only 23% of films feature a female protagonist. This might be because 79% of filmmakers are male. When a woman directs a film, there is a 6.8% increase in the number of females onscreen.
Today marks the Second Global Symposium on Gender in Media, during which thought leaders, entertainment executives and scholars will discuss solutions to increase both the portrayal of diverse women in film, and female representation behind the camera. Geena Davis will host a live webcast, and viewers are invited to participate using #GeenaonGender.
The Symposium builds off the UN's recent launch of HeForShe, a program that aims to activate men in pursuit of gender equality. Emma Watson delivered a speech on Saturday urging men to get involved.
See more stats below, and learn about the solutions today at 2:30 with Geena Davis: