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Here's the latest on the Institute and Geena Davis.

May 21, 2013

Geena Davis talks gender disparity in visit to Brighton school The second graders at Brighton’s Winship Elementary School weren’t born when Geena… Read more…

May 19, 2013

Geena Davis talks of gender roles in media

The Boston Globe: Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis returns to Boston Tuesday to raise awareness of an issue she cares… Read more…

May 01, 2013

Geena Davis: Girls Need More Role Models in Media

WSJ Blogs, Actress Geena Davis speaks April 23 during a conference on women in Bern, Switzerland focused… Read more…

April 04, 2013

Geena Davis keynotes as the 2013 YWCA Inspire Luncheon in Seattle on April 30

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the YWCA Luncheons with actor and gender equity advocate Geena Davis on Tuesday, April 30 at the Washington State Convention Center. Read More…

April 02, 2013

Geena Davis talks about gender imbalance in films

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal’s Rebecca Blumenstein in reference to the “Unlocking the Full Potential of Women in the U.S. Economy” report, Geena Davis talks about the perception of women as seen in the media and about what has and has not changed in the past sixty years during The Wall Street Journal’s Task Force for Women in the Economy. Watch the Interview or Read More…

March 04, 2013

Evening with Geena Davis at Scripps College Performing

Geena Davis, an advocate and Academy Award-winning actor, will discuss gender equality in the modern media.Read More…

December 06, 2012

Google Grants $1.2M to Help Analyze Female Roles in TV, Film

Much like Madonna teamed up with Geena Davis in A League of Their Own, Google is joining forces with the movie star — and her nonprofit organization devoted to improving the images of women that young people see in films and TV shows. As part of its Global Impact Awards, the search giant has given a $1.2 million grant to the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media for the development of technology to help analyze female portrayals in children’s media, an area where an earlier report by the Institute had indicated significant gender inequality. Read More…

November 27, 2012

Smash Stereotypes in Kids’ TV and Movies

Among her many credits, Geena Davis has played a professional baseball player, president, and housewife-turned-outlaw, Thelma. Her portrayals include steely-spined women who speak their minds. Yet when Davis became a mother and sat down with her toddler daughter, who is now ten, she noticed women were conspicuously absent. “Especially in G-rated movies, it seemed that there were far fewer female characters [compared] to male characters,” Davis told GOOD. She began asking other people if they’d noticed the imbalance and “most people either didn’t notice, or said, ‘No, no, no. That’s not true anymore. That’s all been fixed.’” Read More…

October 17, 2012

Geena Davis calls attention to lack of women in Hollywood

Geena Davis, an Academy Award-winning actress known for roles in films including “Thelma and Louise,” spoke to a crowd of about 200 people last night on gender disparity in the media. The Institute for Women’s Leadership hosted the lecture to further communicate the goal of advancing women’s leadership in fields such as politics, the arts and the general workforce, said Alison R. Bernstein, director of the IWL. Davis, who in 2004 founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to change the way females are portrayed in feature films, said she shares the same vision as the IWL, and hopes to educate the public on the obvious gender disparity found in Hollywood. Read More…

October 17, 2012

Geena Davis commits to Rutgers’ advisory board on women and media

Geena Davis has joined forces with the newly-created Institute for Women’s Leadership Women & Media initiative at Rutgers. She delivered the 2012 Susan and Michael J. Angelides Lecture on October 17, 2012 in New Brunswick. Davis spent the day on campus attending classes and meeting with faculty, administrators and scholars in women’s studies and leadership. She spoke to about her own Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media and her investment of energy in the Women & Media advisory board. Read More…

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