Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
Second Global Symposium on
Gender in Media
October 6
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
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In family films, there’s only 1 female character for every 3 male characters. For a well-balanced adventure, just add girls.
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Gender in Media News

Coming this Fall Second Global Symposium 2014 in Los Angeles on October 6

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 23, 2014 Geena Davis: Gender bias remains strong

In a USA TODAY interview, Geena Davis reviews the top-line findings of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media’s latest research. She discusses character gender prevalence by country, saying that US is far from the best in portraying women in a positive light. However, she said there were pockets of promise in the findings. Geena pointed to South Korea films as having females as 50% of lead characters. Watch Interview…

September 23, 2014 Gender Bias without Borders: Infographic and Executive Summary

Women the world over face stark disparities in health, finance, education, politics, and other arenas. Persistent gender inequality may threaten economic growth and/or social progress. At the most microlevel, discrimination impedes girls and women from achieving their individual hopes and dreams. Through its Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations has championed an increase in equality for women and girls across different sectors by 2015. Despite a push to promote females worldwide, one example of where progress remains stagnant is the U.S. film industry. See Infographic and Read More…

September 23, 2014 ‘Hunger Games’ Success Masks Stubborn Gender Gap in Film

Katniss Everdeen and Bella Swan have done little to close Hollywood’s gender gap. Just 23 percent of films distributed globally from 2010 to 2013 featured female protagonists, according to a report released yesterday by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Just 31 percent of the speaking characters were women in the 120 films studied, and 8 percent had female directors. Read More…

September 23, 2014 Movies Treat 13-Year-Old Girls And 39-Year-Old Women The Same In One Incredibly Disturbing Way

Every time a new study about the state of women in movies (in front of the camera and behind the scenes) comes out, I cross my fingers and hope Hollywood has finally woken up to the realization that women make up 50% of the global population and should make up 50% of the film industry population too. BUT ALAS … it is 2014 and that does not seem to be the case. The good news is that when women direct and write movies, the number of female characters increases. Read More…

September 23, 2014 The queen of “girl power” on Hollywood’s heroines

Geena Davis’ 1991 classic “Thelma and Louise” was one of the most iconic “girl power” movies. Since then, the actress has taken on roles from pirate to president. But these days, what really excites Davis is her Institute on Gender in Media. In a first-of-its-kind study released Monday, the group looks at how women around the world are portrayed in film. The findings suggest that what we see on screen bears little resemblance to real life. Read More…

September 19, 2014 DGA Report Finds Director Diversity in Episodic Television Remains Static

The Directors Guild of America today released a report analyzing the ethnicity and gender of directors hired to direct primetime episodic television across broadcast, basic cable and premium cable. The report showed that Caucasian males directed 72% of all episodes; Caucasian females directed 12% of all episodes; minority males directed 14% of all episodes and minority females directed 2% of all episodes. 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…

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