There's this little thing called the Bechdel Test. It serves as a barometer for gender bias and lack of representation in cinema and other works of fiction. But don't tell Hollywood that, because once again, the industry failed to live up to it's progressive, forward-thinking ethos. A new study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University revealed that just 12% of the top 100 highest grossing movies of last year had a female protagonist. That's actually worse than 2013 and 2002.
With the monstrous global financial success of such female-led vehicles like The Hunger Games, Maleficient, and Lucy, you would think the studio execs would smarten up and dead the practice of treating women like a niche audience. However, if there is a silver lining to be found, it's that Hollywood can only go up from such an embarrassing statistic.
[Via The Hollywood Reporter]