Number of the Day

[Content Note: Misogyny.]

17%: The average percentage of women in crowd scenes in films.
With a mix of humor and statistics, Geena Davis challenged a room full of students and admirers at the College of St. Benedict on Tuesday night to consider not only how often women are portrayed in leading roles but also how many women appear in crowd scenes.

The average: 17 percent.

"That means that all the fictitious worlds that are created, the underseas kingdoms and the villages and planetary colonies are made up of only about 17 percent female presence. You think you'd almost have to go out of your way to leave out that many women," Davis said.
Mirthless laughter.

This is, not coincidentally, kind of what the US Congress looks like (18%), too.

[H/T to Shaker GoldFishy. Previous Geena Davis: "It's unusual in that it has two really wonderful parts for women."; Quote of the Day.]

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