Where are all the leading ladies?

Actresses tend to get significantly more attention than their male counterparts with women such as Jennifer Lawrence, Angelina Jolie and Julia Roberts never out of the spotlight.

But that doesn’t mean they get more work.

A survey of the top 100 grossing domestic films of 2013 conducted by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University revealed that women only make up:

  • 29% of major characters
  • 30% of speaking characters
  • 15% of protagonists

It also found that female characters were less likely than male characters to be in positions of leadership or have clear goals.

The study looked into the individual stories to see the impact of women in their roles and the types of characters they portray.

Isn’t it sad that women still can’t be seen in positions of power and leadership, even in fiction?