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Representation Matters

  • Statistic 1

    Source: Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film,  San Diego State University.

  • Statistic 2

    Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Statistic 3

    Source: GLAAD.

  • Statistic 4

    Source: Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, University of Southern California.

  • Statistic 5

    Source: Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE), UCLA.

  • Statistic 6

    Source: Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.

  • Statistic 7

    Source: Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE), UCLA.

Righting the Way We Write Women

Consider these questions.

A subset of the following questions was inspired by “The Dissolve | We’re losing all our strong female characters to Trinity Syndrome” by Tasha Robinson.

 

Do your female characters significantly contribute to the plot?

Does your female character's primary plot contribution involve being the victim of violence or deciding whether or not to have a romantic or sexual relationship with a male hero?

If you completely removed all your female characters from the story, would it be inconsequential to the plot?

Are any of your female characters over the age of 40?

Could any of the following words describe your female characters’ personality attributes: strong, intelligent, ambitious, charismatic, creative, reliable, successful, courageous, or confident?

Could your script pass the Bechdel test–does it include at least two women talking about something other than a man?

Is there a range in body types among your female characters? Do any of your female characters have a disability?

Does the dialogue of the women of color tend to include more profanity and focus more on sexuality?

Over the course of your story arc, does your female character evolve and show personal growth?

Do your female characters have careers where they are in leadership positions or in science and technology fields?