Men may still dominate the world of sci-fi and superheroes, but more female-led movies and TV shows are starting to be developed, and it comes at a time when young girls need to see more strong female figures. Female superheroes are in demand by both boys and girls, according to a new study, as women on screen helps boost self-esteem.
BBC America and the Women’s Media Center published data from their joint study, examining how the depictions of women on screen impact young women and girls. The study is part of BBC America’s Galaxy of Women Initiative, which aims to expand both the diversity and representation of women in media.
As part of the study, 2,431 girls and boys ages 5 to 19 were surveyed last summer. The study, titled “SuperPowering Girls: Female Representation in the Sci-Fi/Superhero Genre,” found that every demographic desired more female leads in sci-fi and superhero movies and TV shows.
Nine out of 10 girls said that female superheroes were positive role models for them, and they believed that female superheroes are smarter and more powerful than male heroes. Half of the girls also identified Wonder Woman as their favorite hero, while the boys chose Batman as their favorite.
Other characters that will help boost self-confidence include Captain Marvel, Princess Leia, and the first female Doctor in Doctor Who.
By: Maytinee Kramer