Of the 100 biggest films at the box office in 2014 only 21 featured a female lead character, almost exactly the same as in 2007.
It also found 26.4 per cent of leading female actors were required to perform some element of nudity, while only 9.1 per cent of male actors were.
Behind the cameras the imbalance was even worse.
In 2007 three of the top 100 films were directed by women, and by 2014 that was down to two.
No female actors over the age of 45 performed a lead role last year, according to the study.
USC Professor Stacy L. Smith, author of the report, said: “It is clear that no progress has been made, either on screen or behind the camera, when it comes to representing reality
It’s not supposed to reflect reality love.
There’s no middle aged freelance writers starring as the lead in romance novels either: it’s fiction.