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September 30, 2014

Geena Davis: Women ‘stalled’ in D.C.

Actress Geena Davis says the route to getting more women into public office lies not only in D.C — but in Hollywood. “We’re not showing female politicians in the entertainment media,” Davis, founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media, said in an interview. “There’s not enough women presidents and women senators and women governors and women Congress members in what we show to kids and what we see in general. If you don’t see something, it can’t become familiar to you, it doesn’t look normal.” Read More…

September 23, 2014

Geena Davis: Gender bias remains strong

In a USA TODAY interview, Geena Davis reviews the top-line findings of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media’s latest research. She discusses character gender prevalence by country, saying that US is far from the best in portraying women in a positive light. However, she said there were pockets of promise in the findings. Geena pointed to South Korea films as having females as 50% of lead characters. Watch Interview…

September 22, 2014

Global film industry perpetuates discrimination against women

The first-ever global study on female characters in popular films, launched today, reveals deep-seated discrimination and pervasive stereotyping of women and girls by the international film industry. The study was commissioned by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, with support from UN Women and The Rockefeller Foundation and conducted by Stacy L. Smith (PhD) and her research team at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. The investigation analyses popular films across the most profitable countries and territories internationally. Read More…

August 26, 2014

See First Photos of Geena Davis on Grey’s Anatomy

ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy is poised to welcome the former commander in chief. Geena Davis has boarded ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and The Hollywood Reporter has the first look at the Oscar winner (The Accidental Tourist) making her rounds through Grey Sloan Memorial. Little is known about Davis’ role other than that the Thelma & Louise alum will have a major recurring arc in season 11 as a surgeon at the hospital previously known as Seattle Grace. Davis’ character makes her Grey’s Anatomy debut in the season 11 premiere, “I Must Have Lost It on the Wind,” which takes its title from Elton John’s song of the same name. Read More…

August 25, 2014

MAKERS Video Featuring Geena Davis

Geena Davis has made a career of supporting groundbreaking female characters. She made her Hollywood debut in “Tootsie,” starring opposite Dustin Hoffman. Davis won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress in “The Accidental Tourist” and was nominated for Best Actress for her role in “Thelma & Louise.” She also starred as baseball player Dottie Hinson in “A League of Their Own.” More recently, she won a Golden Globe for her role as the first female President of the United States in ABC’s “Commander in Chief.” Geena Davis has made a career of strong female characters. She spoke to MAKERS about feminism, parenthood, and making it in Hollywood. Read More & Watch Video…

August 12, 2014

Geena Davis and YouTube Talk Gender Inequality in Entertainment

If you’ve been noticing something a little off about the films and television you’ve been watching lately, you’re not the only one. Academy Award winner and social activist Geena Davis has had her eye on the silver screen for a while, both as a viewer and active participant in the industry, and could no longer ignore the facts: Women on screen are represented less. For many, this dubious fact isn’t always immediately recognizable, because it’s been sold to us as an ingrained statistic since nearly the dawn of media. Read More…

August 08, 2014

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Scores Geena Davis for Major Season 11 Arc

The Oscar winner will board the long-running ABC medical drama as a new surgeon. In her return to ABC, Geena Davis has joined the cast of Shonda Rhimes’ long-running medical drama for a major arc in season 11, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Davis, who starred in the network’s Commander in Chief from 2005-06, will play a surgeon at Grey Sloan Memorial. Read More…

August 02, 2014

Geena Davis Tells Idaho Parents To Talk With Kids About Hollywood’s Portrayal Of Women

You probably know actor Geena Davis from movies like "Thelma and Louise," "A League of Their Own" and "The Accidental Tourist." But you probably don’t know her as a crusader for gender equality in kids movies. Davis was in Boise Thursday to speak about her work. Her visit was sponsored by Zion’s Bank in partnership with the Sun Valley Film Festival. Davis says there are ways Idaho parents can help counteract the messages Hollywood sends to kids. “One is limit how much time they spend watching screens because it’s very hard to find something that’s empowering for girls." Read More…

July 10, 2014

Geena Davis gets all dolled up for women’s equality on ‘Doc McStuffins’

This little Disney princess doesn’t need any help — even from “Doc McStuffins.” Geena Davis provides the voice for Princess Persephone (or “Peri,” as she likes to be called), a doll in Friday’s new episode of the Disney Channel’s hit kiddie show “Doc McStuffins.” Peri isn’t your stereotypical princess in peril — and that’s exactly why Davis is happy to help bring the character to life. “She has a very unconventional encounter with the cast of the show,” Davis said. “Peri is in a tower and wants to get down, so a chivalrous knight toy declares he will come and rescue her. But she explains that she can get down herself.” Read More…

July 08, 2014

Geena Davis Guest Stars as the Voice of Princess Persephone

Don’t miss Geena Davis guest-starring as the voice of Princess Persephone, a brave and adventurous princess doll who sets out to prove that princesses can do anything knights can do, in a new episode of Disney Junior’s acclaimed animated series “Doc McStuffins” premiering Friday, July 11 at 9:30 a.m. on Disney Channel. Read More…

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