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November 18, 2015

Women And Technology: Increasing Opportunity And Driving International Development

We need to improve the gender digital divide. Data suggests that over 1.7 billion women do not own a mobile phone and there were 200 million fewer women online than men at the end of 2013. Ensuring that women and girls are included and have the same opportunities as men and boys around the world is critical, especially when it comes to access to the Internet. Technology has tremendous potential to transform women and girls’ lives, whether it be through STEM career choices or access to services such as e-health, e-education, e-commerce, e-banking and other applications and devices that can help girls and women address their day-to-day challenges. Read More…

November 15, 2015

7 Times Geena Davis Was A Total Feminist Hero

Most of us probably best know Geena Davis as the star of iconic classics like Beetlejuice, A League of Their Own, and Thelma and Louise. But, many might not know that in addition to playing badass female roles, Geena Davis is a feminist hero and outspoken activist. She has been a supporter of such causes as Title IX, representation of women in children’s films, and diversity in the entertainment industry. She’s recently spoken out in the media about the increasingly buzzy issue of equal pay for women in Hollywood. Read More…

November 11, 2015

Geena Davis speaks up on gender equality in Hollywood

The fight for gender equality in Hollywood has had a major moment recently: The feds recently launched an investigation into the lack of female directors, a female producer had a very public scuffle with Matt Damon on diversity and Jennifer Lawrence wrote an essay about making less money than her male colleagues for “American Hustle.” But actress Geena Davis was ahead of the curve. Read More…

November 10, 2015

ArcLight, Geena Davis, and WIF’s Cathy Schulman Co-Host Women in Entertainment Summit

ArcLight Cinemas, partnering with Women in Film and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, hosted the first annual Women in Entertainment Summit last week, which provided a day-long event full of insight and information about what’s holding women back in the entertainment industry, and what can be done to help them move forward. Read More…

November 06, 2015

Catherine Hardwicke: “Be Fearless and Create Your Own” to Combat Hollywood Sexism

The first annual Women in Entertainment Summit took place at the Arclight Theater in Hollywood Nov. 5, featuring numerous panel discussions and fireside chats about the current state of the distaff half both in the spotlight and behind the scenes. Hosted by Arclight Cinemas’ executive vice president Gretchen McCourt, and featuring key-note speakers actor/activist Geena Davis and Women In Film President Cathy Schulman, the discussion centered not just on facts and figures illuminating gender disparity in Hollywood, but also on ways to combat unconscious bias, mentor the next generation and hold those in power accountable. “Nobody’s under the illusion they’re doing right by female directors,” Institute on Gender in Media head Davis told The Hollywood Reporter. “I think there is a belief that women are not quite as good directors.” Read More…

October 28, 2015

Media images have a huge impact on our perceptions, and on our social and cultural beliefs and behaviors

The first FLO Film Festival organized by FICCI Ladies Organisation(FLO), Mumbai Chapter,the women’s wing of FICCI, today announces a new partnership with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media that will see the Festival host the Institute’s first Global Symposium on Gender in Mediain Mumbai, India inFebruary 2016. Read More…

October 26, 2015

Mumbai Diary: Monday Dossier

It has been announced that Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis’ The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media will partner with FICCI FLO Film Festival this year to increase awareness about gender issues in media, women empowerment and social change. The institute is known to fight against gender disparity in the entertainment industry and aims to increase the visibility of women and put an end to stereotypes. More details about the association of the institute with the film festival will be announced at a press conference at Nehru Centre today. Read More…

October 26, 2015

Bentonville Film Festival adds day, kids activities

The 2016 Bentonville Film Festival will include an extra day, kids’ activities, a diversity and inclusion summit and unique cinema venues. Allagier mentioned a competition where students would rewrite movie scenes and Geena Davis and other actors would perform the parts. That event may be at The Scott Family Amazeum. “This year we want to be more purposeful about creating this educational tract.” Read More…

October 24, 2015

“Suffragette” Director Sarah Gavron on Fixing the Gender Imbalance In Filmmaking

Director Sarah Gavron’s new film, Suffragette, tells the story of the the women’s right-to-vote struggle in Britain at the turn of the century. “I think that, one, it’s about shifting perception and making people aware. What’s interesting is the research that Geena Davis has done (at the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media) really reveals how it’s an unconscious bias a lot of the time and people aren’t even aware.” Read More…

October 21, 2015

Deeds not words: in the spirit of the suffragettes

When I was a young woman, the suffragettes were my heroes. I called my first car, a battered Renault, Emmeline (after Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the British suffragette movement in the early 20th century). I also loved the film Thelma and Louise and its 2 female stars, Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, who defied all the stereotypical ideas of the time about how women should behave. So when the chance came to attend an event where both came together, I couldn’t resist. Read More…

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