Rashida Jones knows that Hollywood needs to produce more projects featuring diverse female characters if any progress is to be made.
On Thursday, the 41-year-old actress spoke with People Magazine about Hollywood’s lack of female characters and how that affects the quality of films. Although women account more than half (52 percent) of moviegoers, we only made up 4 percent of directors and 11 percent of writers in the top 100 grossing films last year. Out of those 100 films, 76 percent of the female characters featured were white. In 2015, women accounted for only one third of the speaking roles in the top 100 grossing films.
When women are not represented as three-dimensional human beings who can be good, bad and everything in between, discrimination is inevitable, Jones said.
“The more ways that you can represent women, the more likely it is that stereotypes can’t stick,” Jones told People. “We’re half the f***ing population! Let’s make things that women want to see that make them feel strong and characters they can relate to.”
The key to seeing characters on screen that women can actually relate to? Women within the industry need to advocate for one another.
“The moment a woman speaks up, other women feel comfortable speaking up themselves or taking shots they wouldn’t otherwise,” Jones said.
Ain’t that the truth.