The percentage of top-grossing films that featured female protagonists "dropped dramatically" last year, down from 40% in 2019 to just 29% in 2020 – a decline of more than 27%, according to the latest study from Dr. Martha Lauzen , executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University . The report found that after two years of gains, last year's percentage of female protagonists was the same as in 2016 – the year before the start of the #MeToo movement. And the numbers don't get any better with age: last year, males 40 and over accounted for 52% of all male characters in the 100 top domestic-grossing films, while females 40 and over comprised 32% of all female characters. The report also found that major female characters experience "a precipitous drop" from their 30s to their 40s – falling from 31% of the roles to just 13%. Related Story Percentage Of Women In Key Jobs On Top-Grossing Films Has ‘Barely Budged’ Over Past 20 Years, Study Finds "We see a handful of mature female actresses and assume that ageism has declined in Hollywood," Lauzen said. "But unless your last… Read full this story
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