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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

November 22, 2014 Nicola Sturgeon announces Scottish cabinet with equal gender balance

Announcing the full lineup at Bute House in Edinburgh on Friday lunchtime, Sturgeon said her cabinet was “a clear demonstration that this government will work hard in all areas to promote women, to create gender equality and it sends out a strong message that the business of redressing the gender balance in public life starts right here in government”. Of Sturgeon’s cabinet of nine secretaries as well as herself, five are women. Read More…

November 13, 2014 An Evening with Geena Davis –
Cocktail Party & Silent Auction

An Evening with Geena Davis is our annual fundraiser that will be held on December 2, 2014 at the William Turner Gallery in Santa Monica, California. This event is attended by 200 thought leaders in the entertainment industry. Since its beginning, three years ago, this event has raised almost $120,000 to support the research, education and advocacy programs that are creating a world where girls grow up surrounded by positive reminders of their equality and worth. Read More…

November 07, 2014 Watch the video from our 2nd Global Symposium on Gender in Media

Now available! You can watch the video from our 2nd Global Symposium on Gender in Media where we revealed the findings from the first-ever global gender in film study on Sept. 23 in Washington, D.C., in partnership with the U.S. Institute of Peace, ITVS, UN Women, The Rockefeller Foundation and USC Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism. Watch video…

November 07, 2014 The Girl Power Behind Disney’s New “Big Hero 6″

The next animated Disney blockbuster — “Big Hero 6,” coming to theaters this week — features two female scientists who are crucial to saving the day. In this interview, Jamie Chung, who voices a robotics engineer, and Genesis Rodriguez, whose character is a chemistry whiz, talk about their hope that girls who see the film will be inspired to explore science and engineering. Read More…

November 07, 2014 Geena Davis on Jimmy Kimmel Live

In case you missed it, here’s Geena Davis on Jimmy Kimmel talking about her role on Grey’s Anatomy, getting her first acting role in Tootsie with Dustin Hoffman and resisting Jack Nicholson. Jimmy shows a clip from Knight Rider. Watch clips…

October 30, 2014 With ‘Murder’, ‘Black-ish’, ‘Jane’, Diversity Scores For Broadcast Networks This Fall

The top-rated new drama this fall is How To Get Away With Murder. The top new comedy, Black-ish. The best-reviewed new series, Gina Rodriguez Jane The VirginJane The Virgin, with its lead Gina Rodriguez hailed as the breakout star of the season. The common thread that connects the three shows? All are toplined by a minority actor, and two – Black-ish and Jane – are built around non-Caucasian families. Read More…

October 30, 2014 Game changers: the new female power players in the video gaming industry

“Women are wildly under-represented in gaming,” admits Helen Lewis, editor of The New Statesman and a very keen gamer. “Only eight per cent of people working in gaming are women. The creative people are predominantly men and those who use the blogs and specialist sites are predominantly men. But women make up half of gamers. And I think they can offer interesting breadth to the industry. At the moment, there’s a narrowness of stories and audience, but it’s changing.” Read More…

October 28, 2014 Forbes Interview: Geena Davis And The Hollywood Gender Divide

Academy Award winner talks to Moira Forbes about the unequal representation of women in film and the most important aspect of power. Read More…

October 28, 2014 Girl Power: Marvel officially announces ‘Captain Marvel’ movie

Just two weeks after Warner Bros. and DC Comics revealed their slate of superhero movies for the rest of the decade, today Marvel announced its own equally big-name roster of films for the next five years. Marvel’s phase three plans most notably include the studio’s first ever female-led superhero movie as well as its first ever stand-alone film for a superhero of color. Read More…

October 28, 2014 Running for a Change: Girls and Politics Pulse Poll

The Girl Scout Research Institute fielded a pulse poll with a national sample of more than 1,000 girls 11 to 17 (not just Girl Scouts) about their overall interest in politics, their opinions about female and male elected officials, the forces that drive their interest in politics, and those forces that deter their participation in the political process. Read More…

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