Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
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

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…

October 28, 2014 2095: The year of gender equality at work, maybe

In nine years of measuring the global gender gap, the world has seen only a small improvement in equality for women in the workplace. According to the Global Gender Gap Report 2014, launched today, the gender gap for economic participation and opportunity now stands at 60% worldwide, having closed by 4% from 56% in 2006 when the Forum first started measuring it. Based on this trajectory, with all else remaining equal, it will take 81 years for the world to close this gap completely. Read More…

October 28, 2014 ITU, UN Women celebrate the power of technology to transform women’s lives everywhere

Geena Davis received GEM-TECH ‘Global Achievers’ Award co-organized by ITU and UN Women for individuals recognized for exceptional long-term commitment to furthering the issue of ICT and gender. Other recipients include: Alcatel-Lucent’s StrongHer initiative; Cisco Systems’ Distinguished Consulting Engineer – Ms Monique Morrow; GSMA’s Connected Women program me; Intel Corporation’s Director of Social Impact, Dr Renee Wittemyer; Former Serbian Minister of Communications and State Secretary for Digital Agenda – Ms Jasna Matić Read More…

October 28, 2014 tamtam // Gender Game // Official Music Video

tamtam is a singer and songwriter from the Middle East. “Gender Game” is a message for women to stand up for their rights; it is a song meant to empower women and encourage people to understand one another’s perspectives. Read More…

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…

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