After Cate Blanchett called out Hollywood’s sexism in casting during her Oscar acceptance speech, she received ample criticism along with praise. “Women have never had it so good in Hollywood” wrote Celia Walden in The Telegraph. With box office hits such as The Hunger Games and Gravity, that may seem true, but the numbers show that Hollywood still has a long way to go. A new study found that females made up only 15 percent of protagonists in the 100 top-grossing films of 2013. And the problem isn’t just onscreen, but behind the scenes, as well.
6 Percent of female directors of the top 250 films in 2013
16 Percent of all female directors, producers, writers, cinematographers and editors on the top 250 films in 2013
30 Percent of all female speaking characters in the top 100 films of 2013