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Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media Fundraiser
Join Us on December 2, 2014 An Evening with Geena Davis – Cocktail Party & Silent Auction An Evening with Geena Davis is our annual fundraiser that will be held on December 2, 2014 at the William Turner Gallery in Santa Monica, California. This event is attended by 200 thought leaders in the entertainment industry. Since its beginning, three years ago, this event has raised almost $120,000 to support the research, education and advocacy programs that are creating a world where girls grow up surrounded by positive reminders of their equality and worth. Read More...
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November 26, 2014 Goldie Blox brings real girl power to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Spider-man, Snoopy and Garfield will be joined by a new friend in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year: Goldie Blox, the girl inventor. Debbie Sterling, a Stanford engineer who launched the Goldie Blox toy company in 2012, said she was amazed and proud to be in the parade, which marks the official opening of the festive season and was watched by 25.2 million people last year. “It’s one of the coolest feelings,” she said. “This is such an iconic, historic event.” Read More…

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November 26, 2014 How Marvel is opening up its universe to women and minorities

What will it take for comic books to move from cult niche to universal entertainment? Marvel has a plan — and it involves deviating from their standard cult niche characters. Last month, at a special event in Hollywood—one that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige opened to fans, rather than the usual officials-only press conference—Marvel announced two new films in development: Captain Marvel and Black Panther. The former has a female lead, the latter a black male lead. Read More…

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November 25, 2014 Michelle MacLaren Signs to Develop and Direct ‘Wonder Woman’ Movie

Michelle MacLaren has signed on to develop and direct Wonder Woman, Warner Bros’ big-screen take on the iconic DC character. According to insiders, MacLaren will work with the project’s writers, who remain unnamed at this stage, to lasso together a script for the movie, which would star Gal Gadot. The actress will make her debut as the heroine in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Read More…

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November 24, 2014 Reese Witherspoon Takes On Hollywood Sexism

Reese Witherspoon is mad, ‘really mad’, but exactly how is Hollywood’s sweetheart tackling sexism on the big screen? She’s taken matters into her own hands and created her own production company. Speaking about the ‘complete lack of interesting female leads in film’ at a recent Hollywood Reporter round table, Reese explained: ‘First I got mad, really mad. And then I was like, ‘It’s nobody’s fault; if you’re not proactive about things’… Read More…

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November 22, 2014 Nicola Sturgeon announces Scottish cabinet with equal gender balance

Announcing the full lineup at Bute House in Edinburgh on Friday lunchtime, Sturgeon said her cabinet was “a clear demonstration that this government will work hard in all areas to promote women, to create gender equality and it sends out a strong message that the business of redressing the gender balance in public life starts right here in government”. Of Sturgeon’s cabinet of nine secretaries as well as herself, five are women. Read More…

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November 07, 2014 Watch the video from our 2nd Global Symposium on Gender in Media

Now available! You can watch the video from our 2nd Global Symposium on Gender in Media where we revealed the findings from the first-ever global gender in film study on Sept. 23 in Washington, D.C., in partnership with the U.S. Institute of Peace, ITVS, UN Women, The Rockefeller Foundation and USC Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism. Watch video…

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November 07, 2014 The Girl Power Behind Disney’s New “Big Hero 6″

The next animated Disney blockbuster — “Big Hero 6,” coming to theaters this week — features two female scientists who are crucial to saving the day. In this interview, Jamie Chung, who voices a robotics engineer, and Genesis Rodriguez, whose character is a chemistry whiz, talk about their hope that girls who see the film will be inspired to explore science and engineering. Read More…

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November 07, 2014 Geena Davis on Jimmy Kimmel Live

In case you missed it, here’s Geena Davis on Jimmy Kimmel talking about her role on Grey’s Anatomy, getting her first acting role in Tootsie with Dustin Hoffman and resisting Jack Nicholson. Jimmy shows a clip from Knight Rider. Watch clips…

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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…

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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…

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