What if I then told you that women are so marginalized in Hollywood that a recent study showed that theyonly had 30% of all speaking roles on-screen?
A little over a week ago, Cate Blanchett won an Oscar® (her second) for her role in the filmBlue Jasmine. In her acceptance speech she waved her little golden man and bravely stated:
"Those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences - they are not. Audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people."
This statement was met with cheers from the audience and whoops of delight - clearly a sentiment that the actresses in the auditorium shared.
Of the top 100 domestic US grossing films, females were only 15% of the main protagonists (in other words, the heroine, the main character we root for), 29% of the major characters, and 30% of all speaking characters. So over two thirds of all speaking roles were spoken by men. This figure remains virtually the same as the 1940s.