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December 17, 2015

Women in Entertainment: Geena Davis on the “Tremendous Obstacles to Women’s Progress”

Much of the conversation at THR’s Women in Entertainment breakfast, held Dec. 9 in Los Angeles, centered on the need for female actors to support each other and fight to gain more opportunities in the industry. The topic was near and dear to the heart of Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis, who — after more than 30 years in the industry — has a deep understanding of the long road women in Hollywood still have to travel before they equal their male counterparts. Read More…

December 17, 2015

How the women of Hollywood called out gender inequality in 2015

All of the women (plus a few men) in this article called Hollywood on its sexism this year, and more and more A-listers join them each week. If 2015 was any indication, Tinseltown had better prepare itself for some major change in the coming year — the women of Hollywood are mad as hell, and they’re not going to take this anymore. Read More and Watch Videos…

December 12, 2015

Bentonville Film Festival Short Film Competition Now Accepting Submissions

This new competition is in partnership with the Bentonville Film Festival, Walmart and ESPNW. It is designed to create an exciting opportunity for new filmmakers to be discovered. Just choose a brand and then you must reserve your spot in the competition. Read More…

December 12, 2015

Geena Davis Salutes Hollywood Pay Dispute Leading Ladies

The actress is standing alongside the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Sienna Miller, Patricia Arquette and others who have publicly tackled the inequality issue in Tinseltown this year (15), and she’s hoping their comments at award shows, red carpets and on social media will help give women’s rights a huge boost in places of power. “It’s great that my colleagues are speaking out about this and it’s a hot topic and there’s so many articles about it and attention on it,” Davis tells U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live. Read More…

December 12, 2015

Actoutgames Project for Awesome 2015

Today Presley asks you to consider a donation to the Project for Awesome as well as pitching a charity for consideration in the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media who work to ensure that women are properly represented in media to set an example for young girls like Presley. If she can see it, she can be it. Read More…

December 11, 2015

Geena Davis & George Clooney’s Awkward ‘Thelma & Louise’ Encounter

Geena Davis reflects on her iconic role in “Thelma & Louise.” Plus, what does she remember about George Clooney auditioning for Brad Pitt’s role? Watch Video…

December 10, 2015

Geena Davis’ Crusade to Empower Women through Media

Oscar winner Geena Davis shares the focus of “The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.” Why does Geena want to use media as a catalyst for gender equality? Watch Video…

December 09, 2015

Olivia Wilde on Geena Davis: “I’m Very Appreciative” For Making Women in Hollywood a Priority

“I think this year has been defined by conversations about women taking up leadership roles as directors, producers, screenwriters, and it’s really exciting that now it’s the main topic of conversation. The question now is where do we go from here?” Watch Video…

November 25, 2015

Women Must Have Equal Access to Technology

Technology is empowering women and girls around the world to improve their lives and their communities. Just ask the female vegetable seller in Tanzania who now uses a popular mobile service to store and transfer money using just her cell phone—protecting her business savings from theft and increasing her control over spending. The Internet and mobile phones can dramatically increase a woman’s access to information and opportunity through access to online education platforms, job opportunities, e-banking, mobile health applications and expanded social networks. Read More…

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…

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