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Women scarce in films abroad, USC study finds

by Bill Hayes

In Women scarce in films abroad, the Los Angeles Times reports on a recent USC study.

Chinese movies were more gender-balanced than American ones: Women made up 35% of characters in Chinese films, compared with 29.3% in American movies. And women directed 16.7% of Chinese films during the period studied — January 2010 to May 1, 2013 — as compared to none of the U.S. films.

“It is a critical time … for the entertainment industry as they expand into international territories, and particularly China,” said Stacy L. Smith, director of the Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. [more]