Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Members-Only Salon Events

See Jane Salons 2014

Attended by Leading Entertainment Industry and Corporate Influencers

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Reel vs. Real
Diversity in Hollywood

November 11, 2014
Hosted by CBS

We will bring in a panel of women from a variety of backgrounds and relationships with the entertainment industry to discuss the current state of diversity in women’s media representations and to explore ways to make programming more inclusive for all women.


Breaking the Boundaries
for Women and Girls

August 6, 2014
Hosted by YouTube Space

How is the entertainment creative community creating content to tell compelling stories by leveraging new and emerging media avenues? Consumers are using new technologies and platforms to find unique and rich content. According to the Institute’s research, when there is the presence of a female writer, there will be a 10% increase in on-screen roles. The panelists in this session will present examples of how they are creating strong female characters and great storytelling through video across multiple digital platforms in addition to or instead of traditional TV and Film media. Read More


Women Pioneers
in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

June 10, 2014
Hosted by Google

How can media encourage girls and women to pursue careers in science? One way is to feature exciting and dynamic portrayals of female scientists in movies and TV shows. Sounds easy enough, but the Institute’s 2012 research on the career occupations of female characters in family films, prime time and children’s television showed that there was a 15:1 ratio of male to female characters in science. Why is this so important? Because by 2018, there will be 1.2 million US job openings in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, with a significant shortage of qualified applicants to fill them. This See Jane Salon will showcase real women pioneers in STEM along with entertainment industry leaders who are creating great female characters in Science. Read More


It Starts with the Script

March 26, 2014
Hosted by CBS

The easiest way to improve the representations of women and girls is to create great characters from the start. Before a film or television show ever hits the screen, it starts as a script! This salon will focus on how you can develop great roles for women and girls in any scenario. Read More