Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

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Here's the latest in Gender in Media news from around the world.

October 02, 2015 Geena Davis’ Very Simple Solution to End Hollywood’s Gender Inequality Problem

Geena Davis has a lot of meetings in Hollywood. And they’re not just about what movie or television series she’d like to star in next. With her non-profit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, the Oscar winner has been on an 11-year crusade to increase the presence of women in Hollywood both on and off screen. Davis points out that ratio of male and female characters in movies hasn’t changed since 1946. Read More…

October 01, 2015 DC’s ‘Super Hero Girls’ taps into what kids want

A new superhero universe is letting the younger female crowd connect with Supergirl, Wonder Woman and Batgirl more than ever before. Teenage versions of comic-book icons star in the DC Super Hero Girls franchise, a new initiative launching today from Warner Bros., DC Entertainment and the toy company Mattel to reach girls 6-12 with toys, Read More…

October 01, 2015 Corporate America is not on a path to gender equality

Today LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company released Women in the Workplace, a comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America. The study reveals that, despite modest improvements since 2012, women remain underrepresented at every corporate level. Read More…

October 01, 2015 Malala’ Director Davis Guggenheim on Making the Film: I Thought About My Own Daughters

When Davis Guggenheim sets out to make a new movie — like his documentaries An Inconvenient Truth and the upcoming He Named Me Malala — he thinks of family first. “I always make a movie with a certain audience in mind,” the director tells The Hollywood Reporter. “When I made An Inconvenient Truth, I imagined my cousins who live in Ohio who are Republicans. I imagined them watching the movie and hoping to convince them that climate change was real. But with [Malala], I thought a lot about my own daughters, and [convincing] them that Malala [Yousafzai’s] story is inspirational and that her cause is broad.” Read More…

October 01, 2015 Jessica Chastain: Female Action Heroes Over-Sexualized By Hollywood, Needs To Stop

Actress Jessica Chastain called for Hollywood to stop over-sexualizing female action stars, in a new interview with Radio Times. The “Interstellar” star said that in her opinion, the big Hollywood studios try way too hard to make the female characters in movies sexy. “If you look at films like Elektra and Aeonflux, the problem that studios have is that they try to make kick-ass women very sexualized. They have to be in some catsuit,” Chastain said. Read More…

October 01, 2015 ‘Spy’ Director Paul Feig Thinks It’s ‘Ridiculous’ Women Don’t Get The Same Opportunities He Does

Paul Feig had just five minutes to spare for our conversation, barely squeezed into his tightly packed schedule. With a recent string of box-office hits including “Spy” and “Bridesmaids,” that’s understandable. The director is in high demand. “I’m a comedy guy,” Feig said. “I love to work with funny women.” But those women actors, directors and others in the industry don’t always get the second chance he did. Or even a first chance. Feig has a problem with that. Read More…

September 30, 2015 Liza Donnelly – I am supposed to be here

Liza Donnelly, cartoonist for the New Yorker, shares her cartoons with us. See this week’s cartoon…

September 29, 2015 Why Thelma & Louise Was Really Frustrating For Geena Davis

Ridley Scott’s 1991 film Thelma and Louise will surely go down in history as one of the great female empowerment films. Stars Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon were given bold, strong, take-action characters to sink their teeth into, and the result is a fantastic and unfortunately rare bit of woman-led entertainment. But while most of the movie-going world reflects back on the movie positively, part of Geena Davis’ reaction is sadly dedicated to frustration, as it never actually sparked the start of a significant feminist wave in Hollywood – despite a lot of conversation on the matter. Read More…

September 28, 2015 Men for Women Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives

Today Rep. Don Breyer announced the Men for Women Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives. “When women succeed, America succeeds.” Read More…

September 28, 2015 Geena Davis slams Hollywood’s gender inequality: ‘It’s frustrating’

Actress Geena Davis has spoken of how “frustrating” she finds gender inequality in the media and film industries. Davis, who played Thelma Dickinson in 1991 feminist hit Thelma & Louise, said that despite playing some iconic female roles, none of the films she has appeared in have made a change. Read More…

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