Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

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

February 22, 2017 #OscarsSoMale? Hollywood is biased against female directors, some charge

In light of a lack of female nominees for the upcoming Oscars, NBC News investigative correspondent Ronan Farrow looks into accusations of sexism in Hollywood. The government agency overseeing workplace discrimination is investigating charges that studio discriminate against female directors. Read More…

February 21, 2017 Beloved Actress Geena Davis Visits Walt Disney World Resort

Actress, producer, and writer Geena Davis, takes her family on a surprise winter vacation to Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Geena, the mother of two tween boys, spent a majority of her time on the big thrill ride attractions including Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom Park. A big change of pace from the Disney classics like “it’s a small world” when they were little. Geena was able to sneak in a little one-on-one time with Minnie Mouse, though! Read More…

February 16, 2017 Hollywood star to shine at high tea

Put on a headscarf over your hair and hold her hand tight, as women from the Northern Rivers drive to see Thelma and Louise star Geena Davis at a Regional High Tea. Davis, 61, will be appearing in a live stream from Sydney Opera House All About Women Festival. One of Hollywood’s most respected actors, Geena Davis is recognised for her advocacy of gender equality in media, nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments. She is an official partner of UN Women, working toward their goal of promoting gender equality and empowering women worldwide. Davis is also the Chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women. Read More…

February 15, 2017 Constance Wu to Star in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

Fresh Off the Boat star Constance Wu is in talks for the lead in Warner Bros.’ Crazy Rich Asians. Wu has become a breakout star due to her performance as lead character Jessica Huang on the ABC series Fresh Off the Boat, which is in its third season. She has received multiple best actress in a comedy series nominations from the Broadcast Critics Association and Television Critics Association for her work. The actress also has a recurring role on Hulu’s Dimension 404. Her upcoming film credits include the indie The Feels. Wu is repped by UTA, Principal Entertainment LA, Gotham Group and Hansen, Jacobson. Read More…

February 14, 2017 Disney’s Live-Action ‘Mulan’ Finds Director

Niki Caro, who broke through with the 2002 Maori family drama Whale Rider, will direct Disney’s live-action Mulan, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. In an industry where female-helmed tentpoles are still rare, Caro will be the second woman at the studio to direct a movie budgeted at over $100 million. (Ava DuVernay is the first, with A Wrinkle in Time.) Caro’s most recent film, Focus’ upcoming The Zookeeper’s Wife, has been praised for its gender-inclusive set by its star, Jessica Chastain. Disney previously worked with Caro, a New Zealand native, on the 2015 cross-country drama McFarland, USA, for which she lived in central California for nearly a year to immerse herself in the Mexican-American community there. Read More…

February 13, 2017 Geena Davis Is On a Mission for Gender Equality in the Media

Don’t discount the power of a media image on a young girl’s life, says Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis (Tootsie, Thelma & Louise, The Accidental Tourist, A League of Their Own), who was in Sarasota Monday giving two charming and humor-laden talks at the Ringling College Library Association Town Hall series about a serious subject: the damaging way that females in American television and film are overwhelmingly “sidelined, hypersexualized or simply not there.” Why does that matter? Elizabeth Gray, the Ringling College student who painted Davis’ portrait and presented it to her backstage before her morning talk, gave the perfect answer. She’d seen A League of Their Own as a young child, she told Davis, and because of it she’d always wanted to be a baseball catcher. But when she got old enough to join a team she was told she was too scrawny. “I said no, if Dottie Hinson (the role Davis played) can be a catcher, so can I.” And she went on to catch for school baseball teams for eight years. Read More…

February 13, 2017 Geena Davis will speak at United Way event in Phoenix

Geena Davis, an Academy Award winning actor who is one of Hollywood’s most respected stars, is coming to Phoenix to speak at a luncheon presented by the Women’s Leadership Council of the Valley of the Sun United Way. “We Are UNITED,” a fundraising event to help fund Valley of the Sun United Way’s Breakfast in the Classroom program, will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28 at The Phoenician Resort. Read More…

February 12, 2017 Academy Award winner Geena Davis to speak at Van Wezel

Geena Davis is one of Hollywood’s most respected actors and the winner of an Academy Award (for “The Accidental Tourist”), and she has been featured in some of the most popular movies of the past few decades, including “Tootsie,” “Thelma and Louise” and “A League of Their Own.” She’ll be in Sarasota Monday for two talks at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. She’s expected to touch on her movie career, but she’ll probably focus on the treatment of women and girls in Hollywood. She’s the founder of the nonprofit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which engages film and television creators to dramatically increase the percentages of female characters — and reduce gender stereotyping — in media made for children 11 and younger. Read More…

February 09, 2017 Janelle Monae Wins Best Breakout Performance At 2017 AAFCA Awards

Moonlight and Hidden Figures are continuing their award ceremony sweep! Star of both flicks Janelle Monae and Moonlight director Barry Jenkins stepped out together at the 2017 The African-American Film Critics Association Awards held at the Taglyan Complex on Wednesday (February 8) in Los Angeles. While at the award ceremony, Janelle was honored with the Best Breakout Performance Award for her roles in Moonlight and Hidden Figures. Moonlight also took the big awards of the night with Best Picture, Best Independent Film and Best Director for Barry, 37. Read More…

February 08, 2017 Geena Davis Partners With Ford To Fight Unconscious Gender Bias In Media & It’s A Hugely Important Cause

You might recognize the lovely Geena Davis as the woman who won her way into our girl power-obsessed hearts with roles in Thelma & Louise and A League of Their Own. But Davis is far more than these iconic roles, and in 2007, the actor and producer founded a non-profit — the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media — an organization that researches gender in media and fights for equal representation of women. On Feb. 6, the Geena Davis Institute launched a YouTube campaign, #ShesGotDrive, with Ford Motor Company. This initiative features leading YouTube content creators and showcases women’s ability to “be unstoppable.” Davis and Ford are working to fight unconscious gender bias in media, a subtle but powerful social issue the 61-year-old has spoken out against in the past. Read More…

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