One in five British women see themselves represented on screen

One in five British women see themselves represented on screen
By: WNG SKY Posted On: December 06, 2019 View: 24

One in five British women see themselves represented on screen

Just one in five British women say they often see themselves represented on screen.

That figure falls to just one in 10 when applied to women over 65.

The new research from Sky comes on the same day as the Women In Film And TV Awards, which aims to celebrate and inspire females in the industry.

Claudia Winkleman with her Eikon Presenter Award in the press room at the Women in Film and TV Awards 2019 at the Hilton, Park Lane, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday December 6, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Women. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Image: Claudia Winkleman received a presenting award at the Women In TV And Film Awards

Children's TV presenter Floella Benjamin was honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the event, which was hosted by Sandi Toksvig.

Strictly presenter Claudia Winkleman, Walking Dead actress Samantha Morton and Derry Girls writer Lisa McGee were among the other winners.

A positive take-out from Sky's report showed that almost three quarters (73%) of UK women felt that the representation of women has improved over the last ten years.

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Image: Ulana Khomyuk (Emily Watson) demands the truth in award winning drama Chernobyl

With strong female characters taking the lead in programmes including Game Of Thrones, Catherine The Great and Chernobyl, there was a feeling that the industry is moving in the right direction.

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Marvel also saw its first female lead superhero take to the screen in movie Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson.

"Strong" (37%), "powerful" (26%) and "interesting" (25%) were the characteristics respondents associated most with women on screen.

Over a third of women (37%) said they were more likely to watch films and television that feature women in leading roles, rising to 59% among under 35s.

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On a less positive note, fewer than half (38%) of women surveyed believed there were positive female role models presented for young girls.

Two fifths (41%) of UK women did not think that women of all ethnic backgrounds are represented in film and television, rising to four fifths (77%) among black women.

Women in the South West were the least likely to feel represented of any UK region, with only 15% saying they often see women like themselves on screen.

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