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Women Even Less Represented in Movies

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Despite the recent commercial successes of female-driven films, such as The Hunger Games, Bridesmaids and Twilight, researchers at USC have found that the percentage of women in speaking roles for high grossing movies is actually lower than it was three years ago, according to the Los Angeles Times. The 2012 numbers for female speaking characters are 28.4 percent, as opposed to 32.8 percent three years ago.

The researchers believe the reason for this is partly how the industry sees the moviegoing audience—as young and male—which also may account for how "56.6 percent of teen girl characters in 2012 movies wore sexy clothes, an increase of 20 percent since 2009," according to the Times. When a director is female, there tend to be more female roles (and in stronger, less sexualized roles), but unfortunately women only account for 5 percent of directors as of 2012, according to Screen Daily.

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