Study: Black women in films are smarter and more hardworking than whites

Study Black women in films are smarter and more hardworking than whites

The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media conducted a study that compared the portrayal of white and black women in 2019 films. And here’s what they found out:

  • Black women in films are more likely to work in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics than other colored and white women (14.3% versus 9.6% and 9.6%, respectively)
  • Black women are more often portrayed as “smart” in films than white or other colored women (54.1% versus 44.2% and 42.6%, respectively)
  • Among female characters with professions, black women (69.1%) are more likely than white (52.3%) or other colored women (50.7%) to be portrayed as hardworking
  • Black women are shown almost as often as white women as leaders (41.3% vs. 43.1%)

At the same time, the researchers noted that black women performed only 3.7% of the leading roles in the top 100 grossing films of the decade, although they make up 6.5% of the total US population. But most of all the authors of the report were upset by the fact that among black actresses, only one in five has a truly dark skin tone. In their opinion, this indicates that “colorism” is still flourishing in the film industry.

Read the full study here .

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