Distribution of speaking characters in film in the U.S. 2019, by gender

The gender distribution of speaking characters in movies in the United States from 2002 to 2019 has changed slightly since 2002, though in 2019 just 34 percent of the speaking characters in movies that year were female. A historical comparison looking at the percentages of male and female protagonists tells a similar story, though between 2002 and 2019 the share of female major characters in Hollywood's top movies increased by ten percent.

Distribution of speaking characters in movies in the United States from 2007 to 2019, by gender

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Sources

Release date

January 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

2002 to 2019

Special properties

across 2,300 films

Supplementary notes

Data for missing years were not provided by the source.

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