We need more female protagonists.
According to a study by the Center for the Study of Women in TV and Film, only 11% of the top 100 grossing films in 2011 featured girls and women as main characters — a decrease from 16% in 2002. This isn’t just terrible news for actresses, but for women as a whole, for it represents the ongoing devaluation of women’s stories, experiences, individualities, and agency at the movies, our most popular and influential art form.
Here’s the 2014 Athena List:
On the Basis of Sex by Daniel Stiepleman, a portrait of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a young woman.
The Good Years by Rachel Feldman and Adam Prince, a biopic of whistleblower Lilly Ledbetter.
The Sky’s the Limit: The Story of the Mercury 13 by Maria Burton, Gabrielle Burton, Ursula Burton and Jennifer Burton, the real-life story of a group of female astronauts who were trained to go into space but ultimately denied the opportunity because of their gender.
Audrey’s Run by Emily Abt, a contemporary tale of an African-American woman running to become the mayor of Boston.