Patricia Arquette

Is Hollywood finally a woman's world too?

Is Hollywood finally a woman's world too?

If aliens were to watch the majority of films Hollywood releases each year, they could be excused for thinking that our world is mainly male, white and has a decidedly adolescent bent.

Closing the gender gap — in both pay and representation — in top-level Hollywood feature films has been a growing battle cry (just ask Jennifer Lawrence, Geena Davis, Patricia Arquette and Meryl Streep, who are among the many who continue to speak out on the problem). Yet this year, a surprising number of notable female-centric movies give some credence to a long-hoped-for tipping point where women's stories can be told in equal measure.