Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
Second Global Symposium on
Gender in Media
NEW YORK - Sept. 22
WASHINGTON D.C. - Sept. 23
Geena Davis’ Two Easy Steps to Make Hollywood Less Sexist “We are in effect enculturating kids from the very beginning to see women and girls as not taking up half of the space." Read Geena's guest column in
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Gender in Media News

Coming this Fall Second Global Symposium 2014 in NYC, Washington, DC and LA

Our Symposiums convene leading CEOs and decision makers in the entertainment industry, corporations and non-profit organizations interested in the empowerment of women and girls. We will be presenting research findings from the first-ever Global Gender in Film Study, which analyzes female character representation and portrayals in the top 12 theatrical box office grossing countries. Read More...

August 26, 2014 See First Photos of Geena Davis on Grey’s Anatomy

ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy is poised to welcome the former commander in chief. Geena Davis has boarded ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and The Hollywood Reporter has the first look at the Oscar winner (The Accidental Tourist) making her rounds through Grey Sloan Memorial. Little is known about Davis’ role other than that the Thelma & Louise alum will have a major recurring arc in season 11 as a surgeon at the hospital previously known as Seattle Grace. Davis’ character makes her Grey’s Anatomy debut in the season 11 premiere, “I Must Have Lost It on the Wind,” which takes its title from Elton John’s song of the same name. Read More…

August 25, 2014 MAKERS Video Featuring Geena Davis

Geena Davis has made a career of supporting groundbreaking female characters. She made her Hollywood debut in “Tootsie,” starring opposite Dustin Hoffman. Davis won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress in “The Accidental Tourist” and was nominated for Best Actress for her role in “Thelma & Louise.” She also starred as baseball player Dottie Hinson in “A League of Their Own.” More recently, she won a Golden Globe for her role as the first female President of the United States in ABC’s “Commander in Chief.” Geena Davis has made a career of strong female characters. She spoke to MAKERS about feminism, parenthood, and making it in Hollywood. Read More & Watch Video…

August 18, 2014 Mount St. Mary’s College 2014 Women’s Leadership Conference

Mount St. Mary’s launched one of the nation’s first women’s leadership programs in the1970s. The Office of Women’s Leadership prepares students to become local and global leaders with an emphasis on working together to accomplish change and make a difference for the common good. Participants will learn practical skills and strategies to effectively lead and succeed personally and professionally. They will gain access to successful women who will share leadership insights. In addition, conference attendees will participate in lively sessions designed to educate, motivate, and empower them to enhance all aspects of their lives. Read More…

August 15, 2014 Land’s End challenges gender stereotypes, creates science-themed T-shirts for girls

Check out the T-shirt selection for girls at about any store carrying children’s clothing and you’re confronted with an explosion of unicorns, rainbows, fluffy kitties, gum ball machines and all things sweet, soft, lovely and pretty. The offerings for young lads are typically covered in trucks, trains, dinosaurs, dogs (not puppies because they’re too cute) and things that our culture have deemed rough, tough, mighty and boyish. A New Jersey mom was tired of gender-stereotyping in kids’ T-shirts, according to Today Parents, and she reached out to Land’s End via Facebook asking them to mix things up. The Wisconsin-based retailer took Lisa Ryder’s complaint seriously and just released two science T-shirts for girls. Read More…

August 13, 2014 Does ‘Doc McStuffins’ succeed where STEM programs fail?

Popular Disney Junior cartoon has little girls proudly wearing lab coats and stethoscopes to preschool. Every year, parents, school administrators, and government entities pour millions of dollars into programs designed to encourage children — particularly girls — to take an interest in the so-called STEM fields, science, technology, engineering and math. Turns out, Disney may have solved the problem with one 30-minute cartoon. Read More…

August 12, 2014 Geena Davis and YouTube Talk Gender Inequality in Entertainment

If you’ve been noticing something a little off about the films and television you’ve been watching lately, you’re not the only one. Academy Award winner and social activist Geena Davis has had her eye on the silver screen for a while, both as a viewer and active participant in the industry, and could no longer ignore the facts: Women on screen are represented less. For many, this dubious fact isn’t always immediately recognizable, because it’s been sold to us as an ingrained statistic since nearly the dawn of media. Read More…

August 08, 2014 ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Scores Geena Davis for Major Season 11 Arc

The Oscar winner will board the long-running ABC medical drama as a new surgeon. In her return to ABC, Geena Davis has joined the cast of Shonda Rhimes’ long-running medical drama for a major arc in season 11, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Davis, who starred in the network’s Commander in Chief from 2005-06, will play a surgeon at Grey Sloan Memorial. Read More…

August 06, 2014 Emmy Actress Preview: Why Do So Many Female Characters Succeed at Work But Fail at Home?

Barbara Hall, the seasoned showrunner and novelist, raised an intriguing question last month while talking up her new CBS drama, “Madam Secretary.” Why are so many female characters depicted as successful in their professional lives but “broken” in every other way? “Madam Secretary” is Hall’s effort to bust out of what has become a TV cliche.Tea Leoni stars as a former CIA analyst who is reluctantly recruited as Secretary of State after her predecessor dies mysteriously. The conflict for Leoni’s Elizabeth McCord comes as she grapples with her high-pressure, 24/7 job where national security is in fact on the line every day. But she has a solid marriage with her religion professor husband, played by Tim Daly, and healthy relationships with her two kids. Read More…

August 04, 2014 Sony Launches Female Superhero Movie Mining Spider-Man Universe

Having pushed the next installment of its Spider-Man franchise out of 2016 and into 2018, Sony Pictures is doing a top-to-bottom revamp of its most important property, insiders say. And that includes a female superhero movie which is being eyed for a 2017 release date, Deadline has learned. It was only a matter of time that someone would announce a female superhero movie — and it happens to be Sony who is the first out of the gate. So who are these superhero women possibles? Read More…

August 02, 2014 Geena Davis Tells Idaho Parents To Talk With Kids About Hollywood’s Portrayal Of Women

You probably know actor Geena Davis from movies like "Thelma and Louise," "A League of Their Own" and "The Accidental Tourist." But you probably don’t know her as a crusader for gender equality in kids movies. Davis was in Boise Thursday to speak about her work. Her visit was sponsored by Zion’s Bank in partnership with the Sun Valley Film Festival. Davis says there are ways Idaho parents can help counteract the messages Hollywood sends to kids. “One is limit how much time they spend watching screens because it’s very hard to find something that’s empowering for girls." Read More…

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