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October 03, 2019

Geena Davis Unveils Partnership With Disney to “Spellcheck” Scripts for Gender Bias

During a closing keynote speech at the New Zealand Power of Inclusion Summit, the actress explained how a new digital tool will prevent film and television works from perpetuating underrepresentation and stereotypes — and their pernicious real-world effects. Geena Davis, the Oscar-winning actor and a tireless advocate for female representation onscreen, touched down Thursday in New Zealand to deliver the closing keynote speech at the country’s pioneering Power of Inclusion Summit, which was held in downtown Auckland. Read More…

October 02, 2019

When Masculinity Turns ‘Toxic’: A Gender Profile Of Mass Shootings

Soon after a 19-year-old man killed three people and wounded more than a dozen at a festival in Gilroy, Calif., in late July, California Gov. Gavin Newsom noted something often taken for granted about mass shootings. Caroline Heldman is a professor of politics at Occidental College, a senior research adviser for the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and executive director of the Representation Project, a nonprofit started by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the governor’s spouse, that is devoted to challenging gender stereotypes. Efforts to reduce mass shootings should emphasize reducing what is often termed “toxic masculinity,” Heldman said, the pernicious societal norm that being a man means “you can’t show emotion, that you can’t seek help when you need it, essentially that you can’t be fully human, you can’t be vulnerable.” Read More…

October 01, 2019

Women bosses in movies are four times more likely than men to be nude

If there is a film with a powerful woman making important decisions about the fate of the word, it’s a good bet that she’ll be making those decisions in a skimpy outfit while putting up with sexual harassment and fighting to be heard. Those are just some of the distressing findings in a new report from Plan International and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media. Their research says the entertainment media still fails to show what it calls “high-quality” portrayal of girls and women. Read More…

September 30, 2019

How the top grossing films are warping our views of women

Plan International released research today revealing what continues to bring in the big bucks when it comes to movies: Stereotypical tropes and sexist portrayals of female characters are still ubiquitous. The report titled “Rewrite her story: How film and media stereotypes affect the lives and leadership ambitions of girls and young women”


 looked at the top grossing films in 2018, including Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Deadpool 2, and Mission Impossible-Fallout. Read More…

September 30, 2019

Gender parity on kids TV achieved

The annual report from Geena Davis Institute on Gender reveals that children’s television has achieved historic gender parity, but female and LGBTQ+ representation are still in need of improvement. The “See Jane 2019″ study analyzed representations of gender, race, LGBTQ+ and people with disabilities in popular entertainment media in 2018, and concluded that in children’s television, the number of female leads and co-leads rose to 52%, from 42%, over the past decade. The analysis also reveals that female characters had roughly half of the screen and speaking time. However, gender parity doesn’t extend to supporting characters and minor characters in the same shows. Read More…

September 23, 2019

Actress Geena Davis discusses her passion for gender equality at NCJW/Cleveland luncheon

Actress Geena Davis says the film “Thelma and Louise” changed the course of her life. At the 125th opening luncheon of the National Council of Jewish Women/Cleveland on Monday (Sept. 23) at Landerhaven, Davis told a sold-out crowd of about 650 that women’s reaction to the classic film made her realize just how few opportunities there were to see empowered female characters on screen. “When that movie came out, suddenly women wanted to share with me what they thought of the movie, how it impacted them, how many times they saw it,” Davis said. “If I ever needed a lesson in the power of media images, I certainly had it.” Read More…

September 22, 2019

Geena Davis Honoured At ‘Beetlejuice’ Musical

While attending the Broadway musical “Beetlejuice”, actress Geena Davis was presented with a gift onstage for her role in the Tim Burton’s original 1988 film. Watch Now…

September 19, 2019

Geena Davis just made children’s TV more feminist

A few years ago, Geena Davis helped invent a technological tool that had the potential, in her words, to “change everything.” Since launching the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Mount Saint Mary’s University in 2004, the Academy Award–winning actor and advocate had been commissioning research on the representation of women and girls on screen — especially in children’s media — and sharing the results with decision-makers and content creators in the entertainment industry. Her assumption was that, once her colleagues saw the statistics, change would surely follow. But gathering the data was slow and cumbersome, and the results didn’t reflect such fine-grained subtleties as how much time women spent actually speaking and appearing on screen. Read More…

September 13, 2019

Academy award winner Geena Davis joins Inclusion summit

Academy Award® winner Geena Davis has joined the ground breaking The Power of Inclusion summit. Davis will speak alongside over 35 international and local history makers from the entertainment industry and beyond, at this pivotal event in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand on 3 and 4 October 2019. The summit will present a two-day programme on pertinent issues in the inclusion and representation space in entertainment. Known for her vast acting roles including the iconic Academy Award® winning film Thelma & Louise, Davis is a longstanding advocate for gender parity in the entertainment and media industry. Read More…

September 13, 2019

Geena Davis on her fight to redress Hollywood’s gender imbalance

She’s best known for her roles in films like “Thelma & Louise” and the recent Netflix series “Glow”. But today, some of her most interesting work is off-camera. For the past 15 years, Geena Davis has been focused on equality for women in cinema, through the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. She tells Encore! about her new film, “This Changes Everything”. Presented at the Deauville American Film Festival, the documentary is about discrimination against women in Hollywood. Watch Now…

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