A recent study by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative revealed that women directed just 3 percent of the 120 top-grossing animated films from 2007 to 2018, and just one — Kung Fu Panda 2’s Jennifer Yuh Nelson — was a woman of color. On-screen, 17 percent of those films featured a female lead character, only three of which were nonwhite.
Is the status quo changing? While women now hold about half of the executive positions in Hollywood movie animation studios, the study found female animators are still being funneled away from top creative roles.
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