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Equation’s award-winning Reel Equality Film Club shows great movies that tell women-centred stories and challenge gender stereotypes. Join our campaign for better representation of women on screen and sign up to our newsletter below to hear about the next screening.
About Our Film Programme
We choose a wide range of entertaining films that tell women’s stories and don’t stereotype or objectify women. We aim to represent the diversity of human experience and avoid films that further prejudice of any kind. Films are open to interpretation, so we cannot guarantee that everyone will find our film choices unproblematic or feminist from every angle. We always welcome constructive feedback.
Sexism in the Film Industry
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Less than 1 in 4 Hollywood films have a woman in the lead role.
Only 3% of widely released films star a woman of colour.
Women are 5 times more likely than men to be shown partially naked or in revealing/sexy clothing.
In the Oscars’ first 50 years, only 4 of the films awarded Best Picture had women-centred stories.
Men are nearly 3 times more likely than women to be portrayed as leaders.
73% of all female characters are Caucasian, followed by African American (14%), Latina (5%), Asian (3%), other worldly (3%), and other (2%).
Women consistently make up only a third of the speaking roles in popular films.
There are 5 males to every 1 female behind the camera.
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Reel Equality Blog Posts
In the run-up to International Men’s Day, where men are encouraged to come forth and discuss their gender, relationship dynamics, and talk about what it means to be a man in 2018, looking backward -- and forward -- at what masculinity means in Hollywood is a useful...
In Nottingham, domestic abuse accounts for about 40% of all violent crime. 1 in 4 women in their lifetime will experience abuse, with young women aged 16-24 at the highest level of risk. The local 24-hour Women’s Aid helpline (0808 800 0340) receives up to 10,000...
How to imitate the clever woman: The Imitation Game and Hollywood’s Reluctance to Allow Women A Mind
The Imitation Game follows mathematician Alan Turing as he designs a machine that interprets messages sent between the Germans and solves the Enigma Code. The film also pinpoints a time when society’s attitudes to women and homosexuality remained brutally regressive,...
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