“Anytime we see women in powerful roles on-screen it challenges narrowly defined and antiquated views of leadership.”

June 08, 20171 minute read

— Stacy L. Smith, a communications professor at the University of Southern California, quoted in an article in the New York Times reviewing what impact the movie “Wonder Woman” might have on young girls.

Smith, whose research focuses on diversity in media continued “Whether women are serving as C.E.O.s or, in the case of Wonder Woman, striding across ‘No Man’s Land’ and taking enemy fire, it broadens our notions of who a leader can be and the traits they exemplify.”

The article, by Jessica Bennett, also pointed to research by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which found that “81 percent of working characters in 21 G-rated films released from September 2006 to September 2009 — that is, characters with jobs — are male. Male characters are more likely to be depicted in medical science, business, law or politics.”