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Women Actors Face Continued Discrimination

The Screen Actors Guild recently reported that women age 40 and over are still “significantly underrepresented” on television and in film, and that roles for older Americans, both male and female, “seem to be vanishing, instead of increasing as in real life.”

The Screen Actors Guild is a union that represents more than 96,000 actors in the U.S. The Guild’s recent report was based on data from 56,701 film and television covered under the union’s contracts.

While 37 percent of all male roles were held by men age 40 and over, only 24 percent of women’s roles were held by women in the same age category.

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UPI - February 21, 1999