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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
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Gender in Media News

October 23, 2014 Disney to introduce new heroine, ‘Moana’

Get ready for another addition to the line of Disney heroines: Moana, an ocean adventurer. “Moana,” a film about a teenage girl in “ancient Oceania,” according to the plot description, is scheduled to make its debut in late 2016. Moana, who is described as a “born navigator,” sets out on a voyage to seek a mysterious island. “Moana” promises more of the modern version: beautiful, clever and adventurous. Read More…

October 22, 2014 Marvel Producer Victoria Alonso Says If It Were Up To Her Marvel Would Do A Female Superhero Movie Today

Over the last several years, Marvel Studios has dominated pretty much every one at the box office. Marvel has had unparalleled success with not only bringing some of their most well-known superheroes to the big screen but also with little known characters such as Guardians of the Galaxy. However, for all of Marvel Studios success, Warner Bros. became the first studio to officially announce a big budget, solo female superhero movie this past week. Wonder Woman is scheduled to be released in theaters in 2017. Read More…

October 16, 2014 Net-a-Porter – The Interview: Geena Davis

Her greatest role left an indelible mark on Hollywood. Now, the actress is aiming to revolutionize global gender inequality. Geena Davis has blazed a Hollywood trail or two in her time. She’s even had a crack at an Olympic one, taking 24th place in the qualifiers to represent the US in archery, aged 43. But the current path she is attempting to clear is undoubtedly the most important yet. Read More…

October 11, 2014 Is Hollywood Making Young Girls Too Sexy, Too Soon?

Entertainment Tonight talks to actress Geena Davis about the over-sexualization of women in the media. Watch Video…

October 10, 2014 Geena Davis hits the mark for YWCA of Silicon Valley

Geena Davis is an Olympic-class archer, an Academy Award-winning actor (the term she prefers) and a member of Mensa. We shouldn’t be surprised, then, that she was also one of the most engaging keynote speakers ever at the YWCA of Silicon Valley’s 24th annual luncheon. Noting that she “schlepped all the way up here from Los Angeles,” she urged some of the approximately 1,200 attendees to donate more to support the YWCA’s programs. Read More…

October 08, 2014 Geena Davis: Taking a Stand

Is it a coincidence that the percentage of women in board seats continues to hover at 16 percent? Or that, despite all our efforts—and victories—there has been little increase in the overall percentage of women occupying high-level positions in business and government institutions? Could we be unconsciously programmed to maintain these levels? Recent studies by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media suggests that may just be the case. Read More…

October 08, 2014 Shonda Rhimes Opens Up About ‘Angry Black Woman’ Flap, Messy ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Chapter and the ‘Scandal’ Impact

In early August, Shonda Rhimes read a draft announcement for an event where she was set to appear. It called her “the most powerful black female showrunner in Hollywood.” She crossed out “female” and “black” and sent it back. As the mastermind of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and the producer of top-rated newcomer How to Get Away With Murder, all for ABC, she didn’t believe either modifier was necessary — or relevant. “They wouldn’t say that someone is ‘the most powerful white male showrunner in Hollywood,’ ” she contends, her tone turning momentarily stern on this morning in late September. Read More…

October 07, 2014 Student Researchers Video: Gender Bias Without Borders

Here’s a great video interview with the USC Annenberg students involved in the Institute’s new Gender Bias Without Borders Global Gender in Film study. Watch Video…

October 06, 2014 You’re More Biased than You Think

Every day we make countless decisions without realizing it. Researchers call this “unconscious bias.” It’s happening right now as you read this. You’re faced with around 11 million pieces of information at any given moment, according to Timothy Wilson, professor of psychology at the University of Virginia and author of the book Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious. The brain can only process about 40 of those bits of information and so it creates shortcuts and uses past knowledge to make assumptions. Read More…

October 02, 2014 Missing in Action – Step Up teen Seanna Viechweg attends the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media Global Symposium

This past week, I had the honor of attending a global conference that focused on creating media with more positive representations of women and girls around the world. After being introduced to the concept of feminism just last year, and hearing that Geena Davis would be speaking, I could not wait to attend. Read More…

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