The Lack of Representation of Mexican Women in Films

Lizbeth Garcia Gonzalez, University of Texas at El Paso


Representation in film lacks the meaningful exposure of Mexican women, the lack of roles available tend to rely on the stereotypes of Mexicans therefore excluding room for Mexican women to be represented authentically. In this paper I discuss the lack of representation that Mexican women have in films, identifying that in roles of superheroes, especially women of color do not compare to the many white superhero films. To discuss representation of Mexicans in film, I used The Perfect Game (2009) and McFarland, USA (2015), films that share meaningful representation of Mexicans. While also using examples of representation in superhero films like Black Panther (2018) and Shang Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings (2021), both films share the representation of two minorities that have not been seen as leads in a superhero film. Finally, I discuss how the attempts of meaningful representation of Blue Beetle means to the representation of more Mexicans in films, even women, and how more could have been done in order to be successful with showcasing representation.

Subject Area

Film, television, and media studies|Rhetoric and Composition|Womens studies

Recommended Citation

Garcia Gonzalez, Lizbeth, "The Lack of Representation of Mexican Women in Films" (2024). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI31297565.