Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
Join us for the only global entertainment industry symposium focusing on gender in media. Participate in the live stream chat and learn about the role media plays in shaping positive and negative gender norms and expectations.
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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They have made great strides to change the landscape of media and programming to reflect a more accurate, gender balanced, diverse portrayal of society.
– Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment
Kids need to see entertainment where females are valued as much as males.
In family films, there’s only 1 female character for every 3 male characters. For a well-balanced adventure, just add girls.
As L.A.'s only women's college, we are thrilled to partner with Geena Davis to create research that influences opportunities for women in media.
– Ann McElaney-Johnson, president of Mount St. Mary's College
No one has done more to bring strong, complex and truly inspirational female characters to both large and small screens.
– Wallis Annenberg,
Chairman of the Board, President
and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation

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...

September 16, 2014 Watch Live Stream of 2nd Global Symposium on Gender in Media

Join the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, the United States Institute of Peace, Women & Girls Lead and ITVS for the only global entertainment industry symposium focusing on gender in media. Participate in the live stream chat and learn about the role media plays in shaping positive and negative gender norms and expectations. The Second Global Symposium will bring together thought leaders, entertainment executives, business decision makers, scholars, non-governmental organizations and journalists to learn about the findings from a groundbreaking global study on the portrayal of women in film. Watch the live stream on September 23rd, 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT Watch Geena’s Video Announcement…

September 16, 2014 De Blasio taps Clinton Global Initiative exec to head Office of International Affairs

Penny Abeywardena, 36, who leads the Clinton initiative’s girls and women program, will be named international affairs commissioner Tuesday. She’ll be in charge of dealing with the diplomatic community for City Hall. “Penny’s philosophy and extraordinary track record of … lifting up others for the benefit of society as a whole completely aligns with our goal of creating a more inclusive city,” Mayor de Blasio said. Read More…

September 10, 2014 Lauren Faust on the difficulties of selling girl cartoons to networks

Lauren Faust, director of Sony Pictures’ “Medusa,” talks about how she has always pushed for better gender representation in cartoons and animated features, despite hearing that there was no market for them. “Everybody is telling me that girls don’t like cartoons, I know that’s not true,” she said of developing “Galaxy Girls” and later, the newest “My Little Pony” series. Watch Video…

September 10, 2014 Sugar, Spice and Guts: Representation of Female Characters in Movies Is Improving

Girls grow up on big and little screens, and sometimes the thinking about girls and girlhood grows, too. Inspired by Richard Linklater’s Boyhood – a magnificent film that tells the story of a boy’s life from 6 to 18 – we are taking a look at how girls are growing up in the movies. American mainstream cinema, a timid enterprise dependent on formulas and genres, can be mind-blowingly retrograde when it comes to women and girls. And while an occasional woman or girl rules the box office, too many of their on-screen sisters are sidelined or just left out of the picture. Read More…

September 10, 2014 Women Are Thriving in Tech — Why Are They Still Invisible?

The following is excerpted from Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology by Vivek Wadhwa and Farai Chideya. With nearly 16 million programmers in the world, at 10 to 15 percent women, there are more than two million female programmers — but we never see them. Technical women remain largely invisible and behind the scenes despite important and often elite contributions. In tech, we are standing on the shoulders of giants — men and women who have innovated and collaborated to bring us to where we are today. So many entrepreneurs, computer scientists, heroes, and creators have come before us — and yet we are critically challenged by the lack of visibility innovators of those days. Read More…

September 09, 2014 Variety Announces 6th Annual Power of Women Honorees

Jane Fonda, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez, Viola Davis and Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley will be honored at Variety‘s sixth annual Power of Women luncheon as Lifetime Impact Honorees for their humanitarian efforts. “The women of the entertainment industry are among the most passionate champions of philanthropy and affecting change for various causes,” said Michelle Sobrino-Stearns, publisher, Variety. “We’re thrilled to once again honor, through our seventh Power of Women initiative, an outstanding lineup of women who do just that.” Read More…

September 05, 2014 From Now On, Women Save the World

Hollywood has long known that women are better customers than men. It’s right there in the annual reports from the Motion Picture Association of America: Moviegoing in the United States and Canada was 52 percent female last year. Just as it was five years earlier. So why are studios only now pumping out female-focused megamovies? Women have finally proved to Hollywood’s satisfaction that they can power not just a single film (with the occasional sequel) but an entire world-dominating film series. Read More…

September 04, 2014 White House names Google’s Megan Smith the next Chief Technology Officer of the United States

The White House announced Thursday that it has named its next Chief Technology Officer. She is Megan Smith, a Google executive with decades of experience in Silicon Valley. The Obama administration named as deputy U.S. CTO, Alexander Macgillivray, a former Twitter lawyer known as a staunch defender of the free flow of information online. With the announcement, President Obama gets a pair of widely-respected technology world figures, both steeped in the workings of some of Silicon Valley’s biggest and highest-profile companies, but with different expertise — one an engineer with a record of executing upon ambitious, even fantastical ideas, the other a lawyer who has navigated some of the Internet’s trickiest policy questions. Read More…

September 02, 2014 BBC boots up new kids coding and computer content

While 2014 marks the “Year of Code” for the UK, BBC’s latest children’s content offerings ensures the progress won’t shut down anytime soon. BBC Children’s and BBC Learning unveiled an array of new computer and coding content targeting kids, ranging from educational resources and TV series to games and competitions. To coincide with England’s new computing curriculum across primary and secondary schools, BBC Learning will update BBC Bitesize to work on tablets, phones, PCs and whiteboards. The program will use study guides and quizzes, to cover content that includes, programming, animation, algorithms and computer games. Read More…

August 27, 2014 21st Century Fox and Fox Audience Strategy announced launch of Fox Global Directors Initiative

The multi-year Initiative will leverage the expertise and commitment of the Company’s leadership and creative talent across its entertainment businesses, including Twentieth Century Fox Television, FX, Fox Broadcasting Company, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Fox International Channels, and many of its international entertainment businesses, to select and mentor fellows from a vast and diverse pool of talent. The Initiative will focus on cultivating emerging and established directors and amplifying female perspectives across features and episodic television. In its inaugural year, the Fox Global Directors Initiative will partner with a wide range of creative and advocacy organizations as well as with 21st Century Fox’s entertainment businesses, to source talent of diverse backgrounds, visions and perspectives. Read More…

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