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February 28, 2016

Lack of gender diversity in the Oscars could have far reaching consequences for women globally

Discussions surrounding this year’s Oscars have been dominated by the fact that the nominees are predominantly white males and the lack of female role models could have long term effects on society and the progress of women, according to new research. Global research from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and J. Walter Thompson Company looked at how female role models impact the lives of women around the world. The survey of 4,300 women reported that 90 per cent of women globally feel that female role models in film or TV are important. Six in ten (61 per cent) of the respondents said female role models in film and TV have been influential in their lives and 58 per cent said that women have been inspired to be more ambitious or assertive. Read More…

February 26, 2016

Report: Women Believe Female Role Models In Film, TV Influential In Their Lives

Commenting on the findings Davis stated: “The fact is — women are seriously under-represented across nearly all sectors of society around the globe, not just on-screen, but for the most part we’re simply not aware of the extent. And media images exert a powerful influence in creating and perpetuating our unconscious biases. However, media images can also have a very positive impact on our perceptions. In the time it takes to make a movie, we can change what the future looks like. There are woefully few women CEOs in the world, but there can be lots of them onscreen. How do we encourage a lot more girls to aspire to lead? By casting droves of women in [science, technology engineering and mathematics], politics, law and other professions today in movies.” Read More…

February 26, 2016

JWT & Geena Davis Show Vital Importance of Female Role Models on Screen

As the Oscars and Hollywood continue to draw criticism for the lack of equal representation of gender and diversity, ground-breaking global research by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and J. Walter Thompson Company shows that female role models in film and TV are hugely influential in driving women to improve their lives. Read More…

February 24, 2016

The Art of Leadership for Women Vancouver 2016 speaker list

ive world-renowned women, from Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis to legendary athletes, arrive in Vancouver Friday, April 1 for The Art of Leadership for Women. Sharing their experiences, their successes, and their wisdom, these influential speakers will help provide today’s women with the tools they need to make their dreams come true in life, and in business. Read More…

February 22, 2016

Actor, Advocate Geena Davis to Speak at U of A on Women, Diversity in Media

Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis, founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, will give a free public lecture at the University of Arkansas on the ways women are represented in the film industry – both onscreen and behind the camera. She will also discuss the Bentonville Film Festival, created last year to promote and champion women and diversity in media. Read More…

February 18, 2016

Reel Women in Technology – Reel WiT award – Call to Action

The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, Google, and the National Center for Women & Information Technology have partnered together to promote a brand new award titled Reel Women in Technology or the Reel WiT award. We’ve finished soliciting nominations and have narrowed the portrayals down to 5! Watch Video…

February 18, 2016

Only 1 in 10 film directors in India is woman: study

Women are greatly under-represented in the Indian film industry while their number as audience in theatres was far lesser than men, a study on Gender in Media says. The report by Geena Davis Institute, founded by Academy Award winning actress Geena Davis, was released at ‘Global Symposium On Gender in Media’ here. According to the study, funded by the Oak Foundation, the gender ratio in India’s film industry stands at 6.2 males to every female, and only one-in-ten directors is a woman. Read More…

February 17, 2016

Los Angeles Symposium for 2015 Jury Prize Winner, Jack of the Red Hearts

You are cordially invited to a screening of our 2015 Jury Prize winner for best dramatic film, “Jack of the Red Hearts,” on Thursday, February 25, in Los Angeles. Sharon Waxman, Editor in Chief of The Wrap, is the moderator and panelists include Geena Davis, Academy Award-winning actor, co-founder of Bentonville Film Festival and Founder of Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Read More…

February 17, 2016

25 years on, Geena Davis reveals she wanted Susan Sarandon’s Thelma & Louise role

It’s been 25 years since Ridley Scott released Thelma & Louse, the thriller following two friends on the run from the law. In the film, Geena Davis plays Thelma while it’s Susan Sarandon who stars as Louise, the character who shoots and kills a would-be rapist. “I’d been following this [project] for a year…[and] had decided that I should play Louise. And I wanted this so bad, and I’m just pitching my heart out, and I brought all my notes and everything about why I absolutely have to be Louise.” Read More…

February 17, 2016

Small Factory Productions Nominated for 2016 New York Emmy® Award

Small Factory Productions, a children’s studio located in Fair Haven, NJ, has been nominated for a 2016 New York Emmy® Award from the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the “If You Can See It, You Can Be It!” contest. Small Factory developed the contest in partnership with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media sponsored by the Friendship Train Foundation, to bring awareness to gender stereotypes in children’s media and entertainment. Read More…

IF SHE CAN SEE IT, SHE CAN BE IT