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BBC America Study Finds Kids Want More Female Superheroes

A new study has found that children want to see more female superheroes in media.

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the study was helmed by BBC America and sought to analyze how fewer female superheroes being presented in media affects children. Two-thirds of girls age 10-19 said they don’t see enough role models or strong female characters on television or in film.

The study also found that teen girls are less likely to describe themselves as confident or brave than their male counterparts. Both boys and girls also suggested that there aren’t enough women in fantasy and sci-fi.

Boys want to see more female characters in superhero stories and sci-fi narratives, with 69 percent of boys aged 10-19 wanting more female characters in their stories. Roughly 85 percent of girls said the same thing. Over 80 percent of parents of young children also want to see more female superheroes.

The study found that three-fourths of girls age 10-19 said their favorite female superheroes help them feel strong and inspired.

Six out of 10 also said that seeing female heroes helps them feel like they can do anything. This was especially the case for girls of color, 63 percent of whom reacted positively to the impact of female sci-fi heroes or superheroes.

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