WEEK IN WOMEN: 2019 Sees More Femme Leads, but Men Have 2/3 More Speaking Rolls – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Women made “unprecedented gains” as protagonists in the top-grossing films of 2019, but “moviegoers are still almost twice as likely to see a male character as a female character in a speaking role,” according to a new report from San Diego State University.

The latest installment of the annual “It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World” report found that women achieved “recent historic highs” as lead characters in last year’s biggest hits.

Progress is good, but it’s important to note that males comprised 63% of major characters, and 66% of all speaking roles.

Females made up 34% of all speaking roles, a decrease of 1 percentage point from 35% in 2018. In speaking roles, men outnumbered women 2-to-1. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.