A new study found that most kids want to see female superheroes and characters that look like them. Kids say they want to see more women superheroes in film and on TV, according to new research by BBC America and the Women’s Media Center released this week. In the study, “Superpowering Girls: Female Representation in the Sci-Fi/Superhero Genre,” researchers surveyed an even gender split of 2,431 kids and teens aged 10 to 19 and parents of children aged 5 to 9, who answered on behalf of their child. Every demographic group surveyed said they wanted to see more SHEros: 69% of boys aged 10 to 19 and 75% of parents of boys aged 5 to 9 said there needs to be more women sci-fi superheros in media; and 2 in 3 boys said they enjoy watching movies that have a female heroine. Even more girls say there are not enough strong female character portrayed on screen: 85% of girls aged 10 to 19 and 88% of ladies aged 5 to 9 agreed. People of color were more likely than any group to want more sci-fi characters and superheroes who look like them. Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” about a brave young girl who embarks on a dangerous journey through space and time to rescue her father from evil forces, and “Black Panther,” the sci-fi coming-of-age flick starring female leads Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira, made box office history for being the top two movies helmed by black directors with budgets of more than $100 million.
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