Women comprised 1.9% of directors on the top 100 films
In the top 100 films, women represented 12% of protagonists
74% of all female characters in the top 100 films were white. 11% of female characters were black, 4% were Latina, 4% were Asian, 3% were otherworldly, and 4% were of another race or ethnicity
Top 100 grossing films:
- Women represented 30% of all speaking characters, 29% of major characters, 12% of protagonists, and 13% of leaders.
- Male characters were more likely than females to be identified only by a work related role (61% of males vs. 34% of females).
- Female characters were more likely than males to be identified only by a personal life-related role (58% of females vs. 31% of males).
- The majority of women are in their 20s and 30s, while men are in their 30s and 40s.
- Males over 40 made up 53% of all male characters, while females over 40 made up 30% of all female characters.
- 74% of female characters were white. 11% were black, 4% were Latina, 4% were Asian, 3% were otherworldly, and 4% were of another race or ethnicity.
Top 100 grossing films, 2007-2014:
- Females represented just 30.2% of all speaking characters (2011 excluded).
- No female actors over 45 years of age were in a lead/co-lead role.
- Only three of the female actors in lead/co-lead roles were from underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds.
- No female leads/co-leads were lesbian or bisexual characters.
- Less than a quarter of all speaking characters in the top animated films were female. Only 21.8% of speaking characters in action/adventure films were female.
- Females of all ages were more likely than males to be shown in sexy attire (27.9% of females vs. 8% of males), with some nudity (26.4% of females vs. 9.1% of males), or referenced as physically attractive (12.6% of females vs. 3.1% of males).
- Female teens (13‐20 year olds) were just as likely to be sexualized as young adult females (21‐39 year olds). Middle‐aged females (40‐64 year olds) were less likely to be sexualized.
- Only 11% of the films were gender-balanced.
- 21 films in 2014 had a female lead/co-lead. Only three of the leads/co-leads were played by underrepresented female actors.
Women Behind the Scenes
Top 250 grossing films:
- Women were 17% of the directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors.
- Women directed 7% of the films.
- Women wrote 11% of the movies.
- Women comprised 19% of all executive producers.
- Women accounted for 23% of all producers.
- Women comprised 18% of all editors.
- Women accounted for 5% of all cinematographers.
- Women comprised 1% of all composers.
- Women comprised 5% of sound designers.
- Women accounted for 5% of all supervising sound editors.
Top 100 grossing films:
- Women comprised only 15.8% of directors, writers, and producers.
- Women only accounted for 1.9% of directors, 11.2% of writers, and 18.9% of producers.
- Only two women directed across the 100 top films.
2009-2014 Women Directors in the Studio System:
- Sony Pictures Entertainment – 8.7%
- Universal Pictures – 7.5%
- Twentieth Century Fox – 7.1%
- Walt Disney Studios – 6.1 %
- Paramount Pictures – 4.7%
- Warner Bros. – 2.3%