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December 14, 2016

‘Thelma & Louise,’ ‘The Princess Bride’ and ‘The Birds’ Enter National Film Registry

A woman did not make it to the White House this year, but two other famous ladies, Thelma Dickinson and Louise Sawyer, have entered another Washington institution — the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Ridley Scott’s feminist manifesto Thelma & Louise (1991), starring Geena Davis as Thelma and Susan Sarandon as Louise, is among the 25 motion pictures selected this year to be preserved for future generations, it was announced today. Thelma & Louise became a symbol of feminism and a cultural flashpoint that landed the film’s stars, in character, on the cover of Time magazine. Anchored by career-defining performances from Sarandon and Davis (and a breakout early appearance by Brad Pitt), Scott’s Thelma & Louise skillfully contrasts action-movie themes with a social commentary before building to an unforgettable climax. Read More…

December 09, 2016

Goldhirsh Foundation Awards $1 Million in Grants to 12 L.A.-Area Organizations

The Goldhirsh Foundation announced winners for its annual My LA2050 Grants Challenge Tuesday, a $1 million grant competition to source creative ideas about shaping the future of Los Angeles. The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, a research-based organization working with the entertainment industry to improve gender balance in media to empower women and girls, will receive $25,000 to provide scholarships and mentorship opportunities for 50 girls ages 13-18 to participate in their See Jane Salon Series. Read More…

December 08, 2016

Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon Warm Our Hearts With Mini ‘Thelma & Louise’ Reunion

Thelma and Louise are back together again! Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, who starred as the titular characters in 1991’s classic flick, Thelma & Louise, reunited at The Hollywood Reporter’s Annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast in Los Angeles on Wednesday. This Hollywood power breakfast was pretty much the perfect place for the longtime friends to get in a bonding sesh — both women are serious advocates for promoting gender equality in Hollywood. Read More…

December 08, 2016

Geena Davis’ Letter to Hollywood: Want a Female President? Put Them Onscreen First

I always say, “If they can see it, they can be it.” Here’s my favorite illustration of that concept: A few years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Vigdis Finnbogadottir, former president of Iceland. She told me that while in office, she would get letters from young boys asking, “Madam President, do you think a boy will ever become president?” Interesting, huh? Turns out girls in the U.S. will have to keep wondering for a while. The outcome of the recent presidential election has left many of us shocked and scared. We wonder how this could have happened. What do we tell our kids? How can we explain the depth of misogyny and bigotry in our culture, both the overt and the passively tolerated? Most importantly, what can we do to counteract it? Read More…

November 11, 2016

Girls Can Be Anything, Just Not President

“The fact is, seeing women in power matters. According to a survey by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media even viewing a female president on screen — that is, in television dramas and comedies — made people 68 percent more likely to vote for a female president. In real life, Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy prompted a quarter of girls ages 14 to 17 to say they were more likely to seek positions of leadership, according to a national online Pollfish poll conducted by The New York Times. As President Obama put it, “Her candidacy and nomination was historic and sends a message to our daughters all across the country that they can achieve at the highest levels of politics.” Of course, on Wednesday after her defeat, Mrs. Clinton got up, put on her pantsuit, and kept on plugging. She didn’t sulk, or throw a fit, complain, or blame anybody else. She was gracious, humble, and professional. And no doubt she’ll keep fighting. Because that’s what women do.” Read More…

November 04, 2016

The Exorcist’s Geena Davis on the Show’s Game-Changing Reveal and What’s Next

Unholy mother of twists! In its October 21 episode, The Exorcist dropped two head-spinning shockers: Geena Davis’s Angela Rance is actually the grown Regan MacNeil, the possessed tween Linda Blair played in the 1973 horror classic, and at the final moment, Cagney & Lacey’s Sharon Gless arrived as Regan’s movie-star mother, Chris (played by Ellen Burstyn in the original film). Davis, in her first leading TV role since ABC’s Commander in Chief a decade ago, opens up about her character’s long-held secret and what fresh hell is about to be unleashed now that Angela/Regan’s demonically afflicted daughter, Casey (Hannah Kasulka), has escaped from her own exorcism. Read More…

November 03, 2016

Women’s portrayal in media could influence elections, women in government

In the 50 years leading up to 2014, 63 of 142 countries studied by the World Economic Forum have had a female head of government or state, according to the Pew Research Center. The U.S. is not one of those countries, and the media’s representation of women leaders could be to blame. An example of the media’s portrayal of women leadership takes form in ABC’s former television show, “Commander in Chief.” Actress Geena Davis, often equated with well-known movies such as “A League of Their Own” and “Beetlejuice,” also starred in the lesser-known, short-lived television show. Read More…

October 21, 2016

Geena Davis Partners with Teenage Tech Entrepreneur to Create Girl Empowerment Emoji’s with Sound

During the Global Symposium on Gender in Media at Google, teen entrepreneur Mercer Henderson, Founder of the popular sound based emoji keyboard Audiots and Geena Davis’ Institute at Mount Saint Mary’s University, announced a collaboration that would drive greater awareness to Generation Z by leveraging emojis to inspire girls to pursue their dreams. As a 13 year old teenager, Henderson sees everyday the impact that the media has on her friends and their self esteem. She recognizes that the number one issue amongst teen girls is body and self image. Read More…

October 18, 2016

The Geena Davis Institute is participating in the LA2050 Grants Challenge

With your vote, we could win $25,000 to help empower girls and create a more gender-balanced media landscape. Please VOTE today…

October 11, 2016

Why Media Representation Matters for Women in Banking

“If she can see it, she can be it.” Geena Davis announces a new effort to encourage women and girls to enter financial services while speaking at the Most Powerful Women in Banking gala in New York. Her institute on Gender in Media will conduct research in partnership with American Banker and sponsored by Zions Bank. Watch Video…

IF SHE CAN SEE IT, SHE CAN BE IT