Hollywood’s progressive bona fides took another hit this week courtesy of a new study detailing how poorly women fare in the entertainment industry.
In their third annual Status of Women in the U.S. Media, 2014, the Women’s Media Center revealed that women represented just 28.8 percent of speaking characters in the top grossing films of 2012, had just 16 percent of the top executive movie jobs in 2013, and of the 16 biggest paychecks for actors per film, not one went to a female actress.
The top earning actress, Angelina Jolie, earned $33 million, roughly the same amount as the two lowest-ranked men on that list provided by the New York Film Academy. It also quoted a 2013 Forbes ranking that showed the top 10 actresses making a collective $181 million versus $465 million for the top 10 men, or about 39 percent what the guys took home.
The report comes on the heels of other critical takes on Hollywood, including black performers who decry the lack of diversity within the industry and a report that films are “woefully” out of touch with modern-day America.
Last year, a study showed that older Americans, women and minorities held far fewer writing jobs than their white male peers.