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Moviemakers Encourage Gender Discrimination

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Life does imitate art, it appears. According to a new report that was based on a global study, moviemakers across the world are perpetuating gender discrimination and stereotypes, by failing to cast women in strong roles in movies.

The study was backed by the United Nations and the report was released recently by actor Geena Davis. According to the report, globally less than one- third of all speaking roles on the silver screen went to women. Only approximately 22.5% of the fictional workforce in movies was made up of female employees. Women were portrayed as executives and in positions of power, like political figures, or in fields like engineering and mathematics in just 15% of the cases.

According to the report, there is a widespread and deep-seated discrimination against the cinematic representation of women by the film industry not just in the United States, but across the world. Women are underrepresented on screen, and the kind of underrepresentation and gender discrimination that is perpetrated on screen, simply translates off-screen as well. For instance, according to Davis, much can be done to change attitudes about women in power, equal wages, and anti-discriminatory policies for women simply by increasing the number of female CEOs that we see on screen.

According to her, it's important to cast women to play characters who are working in the fields of mathematics, engineering, science, technology, law and politics in order to encourage more women to enter these fields. These are typically fields that have a higher concentration of males, compared to females. The global study was based on an analysis of movies from around the world, including from the US, India, Japan, France, the United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil and China.

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