Great Job, Internet!: Read This: Most Best Actress winners have played wives and entertainers

Boys grow up to be soldiers and criminals. Girls grow up to be wives and entertainers. At least, that’s the impression given by the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences, based on the Best Actor and Best Actress statuettes the organization has been doling out since 1929. According to Fusion‘s Molly Fitzpatrick, the Oscars have been complicit in reinforcing gender stereotypes over the course of nearly nine decades by granting so many awards to women whose characters are defined as wives or widows, with no career outside the home. A statistical breakdown of Best Actress winners shows that 16 percent have been wives and 11 percent have been widows. In between the wives and widows are the entertainers, who account for 14 percent of winners. Meanwhile, the most common job for Best Actor winners is criminal, a category that encompasses both gangsters (Marlon Brando in The Godfather …

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