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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…

October 21, 2015

Geena Davis Has a Simple Way to Fix the Gender Bias in Hollywood

Geena Davis is a walking, talking font of knowledge and outrage about the representation of women in film. Her Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media has worked tirelessly for eight years to research, shed light on, and engage conversation about inequality in media and entertainment. And while female equality in Hollywood may look as dim as it does in Congress (which, by the way, is currently 19.4 percent in the House and 20 percent in the Senate), Davis—who is planning the second year of this spring’s Bentonville Film Festival, which champions women and diversity in media and guarantees distribution for all its winners—isn’t letting the data get her down. Here, she talks candidly about her agency for change, bolstered by an “impatient optimism.” Read More…

October 20, 2015

TIME – Geena Davis on Inequality in Hollywood: ‘It’s a Big Relief Not to Pretend’

In the not-too-distant past, many women in Hollywood, myself included, felt that we shouldn’t speak out about unfairness in the industry. We tried to put a better angle on it. We said things like “I’m just picky” when there weren’t enough parts for women or “he’s a more established star” when we thought about salary. It’s a big relief not to pretend anymore. Read More…

October 19, 2015

London Film Festival Closes With Well-Received ‘Steve Jobs’ And Femme-Dominated Awards Ceremony

The fest’s awards ceremony was dominated by women filmmakers, a fitting end to an edition that had seen the debate about gender equality dominate from the opening night. Actress Geena Davis gave the keynote address at Global Symposium on Gender in Media, hosted by the LFF in collaboration with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and Women in Film and Television. Read More…

October 16, 2015

The Conversation With Geena Davis, Leading The Charge On Gender Equity In Entertainment

In this signature espnW column, Allison Glock sits down for a candid Q&A with Geena Davis, Academy Award-winning actress, star of several seminal feminist films and founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Read More…

October 12, 2015

Geena Davis on Closing the Gender Equality Gap in Hollywood and ‘Taking Everything Too Far’

When Geena Davis gets excited about a project, she doesn’t just sign up — she goes all in. That’s how nearly everything in her life has gone, and nothing about that gung-ho attitude has changed in recent years, as ETonline learned first-hand when we spoke to the 59-year-old actress in early October. The difference between 1991, when Thelma & Louise made Davis a household name, to now is that her efforts are actually creating change within the notoriously stubborn entertainment industry. Read More…

October 12, 2015

Geena Davis Calls For #MoreWomen In Film

‘I take everything too far,’ joked Geena Davis at the BFI London Film Festival – but when it comes to her feminist campaign See Jane, there’s no such thing as too far. Speaking to a packed room of influential women and men, the Thelma & Louise actress explained how her strong onscreen roles inspired her to commission studies about gender on screen. The results were shocking: on average women take up only 17% of parts – including crowd scenes – and are just as sexualised in family films as they are in films for adults. Read More…

October 12, 2015

ArcLight Cinemas to Launch Women in Entertainment Summit

Theater chain ArcLight Cinemas will launch the inaugural ArcLight Presents Women in Entertainment Summit, set to take place at the Hollywood Dome on November 5. ArcLight’s first venture into live programming will be hosted by the privately owned company’s Executive Vice President Gretchen McCourt and will feature keynotes from actress Geena Davis, founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and Cathy Schulman, President of Women in Film. Read More…

October 11, 2015

Geena Davis Smacks Hollywood In the Jaw: ‘Give Women More Clothes to Wear!’

Academy award-winner Geena Davis wasn’t messing around when she gave her speech at the Global Symposium on Gender in Media. The 59-year-old actor, known for her roles in such hits as “A League of Their Own,” “Thelma and Louise,” and “The Accidental Tourist” (for which she won an Oscar), explained how Hollywood is hurting families and children—because of how it represents women. ““Women are seriously under-represented in almost every sector of society across the world. I want reaching parity in films to seem fun and easy and creative. Give female characters more to do, more to say, greater aspirations…give them more clothes!” Read More…

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