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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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Gender in Media News

MONDAY, JULY 28, 2016 See Jane Salon - In a League of Their Own: Sports for Social Change

Across the world, sports activates a collective spirit that brings together communities, and tears down boundaries. In a League of Their Own: Sports Inspiring Social Change will examine the importance and impact of positive role models in the world of sports. From the actors portraying sports figures in feature films and television, to the real life athletes we root for everyday, we will take a look at how the accomplishments of these individuals are inspiring social change. Read More…

SHOWING NATIONWIDE ON JULY 29 What Did It Take to Make ‘Equity,’ a Film About Women on Wall Street?

When Sarah Megan Thomas and Alysia Reiner were pitching “Equity,” their film about female executives on Wall Street, they showed potential backers a video of the way women were typically depicted in finance movies: as demeaned assistants, “background players, hookers, strippers,” Ms. Reiner said. Rarely were women the bosses who made the deals, or even the negotiators who enabled them. And rarer still was the female power player who declares, as the heroine of “Equity” does early on, “I like money.” Read More...

July 28, 2016 ‘Wonder Woman’: Gal Gadot And Her Importance To Cinema in 2017 and Beyond

Wonder Woman has created a huge buzz amongst the general public and not just the comic book fandom. Even though the character of Wonder Woman has been around almost as long as Batman and Superman, who have both had multiple of their own movies, a Wonder Woman movie hasn’t happened until now. Read More…

July 28, 2016 Mila Kunis Says Hollywood Needs More Leading Roles For Women

Mila Kunis doesn’t want you to put her in a box. The actress, who stars in the upcoming film “Bad Moms,” said she struggled in the past to work on more than just television shows and romantic comedy movies. “The only way to do that was to not have an ego and hustle. I just auditioned for everybody,” Kunis said in an interview on ABC News’ “Popcorn With Peter Travers.” “All my 20s was about proving people wrong, so to speak, about putting me in little boxes.” Read More…

July 27, 2016 Dove’s New Billboards Criticize the Way the Media Discusses Female Athletes’ Looks

When it comes to commentary about female athletes, media outlets often focus on their looks rather than their performance on the field and that has got to stop, according to Dove’s latest campaign. In the next evolution of its “My Beauty, My Say” effort, the brand has partnered with former gymnast Shawn Johnson to call out this behavior and encourage the public to challenge the media to do better. Read More…

July 25, 2016 Fox Screens New ‘Exorcism’ Pilot at Comic-Con

“The Exorcist” is ba’ack. On Friday, Comic-Con fans got the first look at Fox’s TV adaptation of the 1973 horror film, which premieres in the fall. The audience was treated to the entire first episode following the panel, which included showrunner Jeremy Slater and cast members Geena Davis, Ben Daniels, Alfonso Herrera, Briannae Howey and Hannah Kasulka. Read More…

July 25, 2016 Gender Matters – Writing Great Female Protagonists

Academy Award nominated writer Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) provides some key insights into writing powerful and memorable female protagonists. Watch Video…

July 24, 2016 Moving Women to Give Millions

We are so very appreciative of Jacki Zehner’s ongoing support of the Institute and serving on our Board of Advisors. Read More…

July 24, 2016 Geena Davis, 60, radiates youth as she shows off her svelte physique in curve-hugging frock at Comic-Con

She’s been an on screen siren since the 80s. And Geena Davis proved she’s still got it when she hit the press line for FOX’s TV series The Exorcist at Comic-Con in San Diego on Friday. The 60-year-old Oscar winner radiated youth as she showed off her svelte physique in a curve-hugging frock. Geena’s statuesque figure looked stunning in the chic tight black and white design. Read More…

July 24, 2016 Brie Larson (Finally) Confirmed As Captain Marvel – Comic-Con

Near the end of Marvel’s supersized Hall H panel this evening at Comic-Con, the studio made official what the rest of the world has taken for granted as a fact since reports of her casting first emerged back in June: Brie Larson will be playing Carol Danvers — aka Captain Marvel — in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel’s Kevin Feige made the announcement, and Larson surprised the crowd by showing up onstage. He called her the newest member of the Marvel family but did not say what movie in the Marvel Universe she might start with. Read More…

July 24, 2016 ‘Black Panther’ Officially Adds Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B Jordan & Dani Gurira To Cast – Comic-Con

Marvel’s presentation at Comic-Con’s Hall H kicked off today with director Ryan Coogler and star Chadwick Boseman coming onstage to promote Black Panther, the latest superhero to get the stand-alone treatment in the comic giant’s film universe. Along with them onstage came newly minted co-stars Lupita Nyong’o, who will play Nakia; Coogler’s Creed star Michael B Jordan, who will play the villain Killmonger; and The Walking Dead‘s Danai Gurira as Okoye. Read More…

July 24, 2016 Comic-Con: ‘Wonder Woman’ Debuts First Trailer

Warner Bros. started off its massive, two-plus hours panel at San Diego Comic-Con’s cavernous Hall H with a strong showing of Wonder Woman that emphasized a superhero for all audiences, not just female ones. Gal Gadot, who plays the DC Comics’ Amazonian princess, said her goal was to make a film enjoyed “not only girls, not only boys, but for men and women, too.” Read More…

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