Study says female superheroes help girls with self-esteem

CNET | 10/8/2018 | Bonnie Burton
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Jodie Whittaker plays the first ever female Doctor on Doctor Who.

The worlds of sci-fi and superheroes are still dominated by men, but more female-led geeky movies and TV shows seem to be in demand by both boys and girls, according to a new study.

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And, most importantly, seeing women on screen helps boost self-esteem.

BBC America and the Women's Media Center published data from their joint study on Monday, which looks at 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.

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Surveying 2,431 girls and boys ages 5 to 19 last summer, the study entitled "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.

The data also suggested that young girls feel more confident when they see onscreen heroes who look like them.

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Characters such as Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, Princess Leia, and the first female Doctor in Doctor Who could help boost self-confidence in young girls watching their adventures.

One of the findings from the new study shows that girls want more female role models...
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