In 2019, film fans were more likely to find movies with lead characters who were women and people of color in their local cinemas than they had previously in more than a decade.
That’s according to a recent study led by Stacy L. Smith from the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California. Titled “Inequality Across 1,300 Popular Films: Examining Gender and Race/Ethnicity of Leads/Co Leads from 2007 to 2019,” the research recorded the progress made in the top 100 movies of 2019 for both women and people of color.
According to the study, 43 of the top 100 movies had female leads or co-leads, 16 of whom were from underrepresented racial or ethnic groups.
That’s an improvement from 2018, when 39 movies in the top 100 had a woman lead or co-lead character, 11 of whom were characters of color. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.