3 Out Of 4 Characters in Children's Media Are Male
Check out this awesome PSA from the Geena Davis Foundation entitled "If She Can't See It, She Can't Be It." It tells the story of Jane, a little girl, who albeit making up half the population, is rarely represented in the television programs that she sees.
Interesting facts that are available on the Geena Davis Foundation Website:
1. Even though women are half the population, male characters outnumber women 3 to 1 in family films. This ratio has not changed since 1946.
2. Females are represented in sexy attire four times as much as males.
3. There is only one woman for almost every 5 males working behind the camera. Why are we surprised that the content is sexist if there are so little women hired to produce media content in the first place?
4. Between 2006 and 2009, NO female characters were depicted in G-rated family films in the field of medical science, as a business leader, in law, or politics. Zero. Zilch. Nada. That's a problem.
If you want to attend the screening of the entire film If She Can't See It, She Can't Be It, it's being shown as part of the New York International Children Festival and you can get your tickets here. I'll be attending, so come say hi! Also, I don't know if you're familiar with Uma Thurman, but she'll also be attending and speaking after the screening. Gasp!
Follow me on Twitter here: @feministabulous and the Geena Davis foundation while you're at it here: @GDIGM. For more on women's representation in media I strongly recommend you also follow @RepresentPledge. Why are women so underrepresented in the media? Let us know what you think.