The MPAA just released their annual report on box office statistics, and women continue to make up the majority of filmgoers. Women make up 52% of movie theater audiences and we purchase 50% of tickets. So why are women so poorly represented on screen and behind the scenes?
Women's employment in film has now dipped below what it was in 1998. Female actors are relegated to less dynamic, more sexualized roles. Female characters are more likely to be naked and less likely to talk. Movies about women do well at the box office, yet rarely get made. Women's involvement is healthy for the industry. But despite all the lip service, insiders say that Hollywood isn't actually committed to hiring more women.