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March 14, 2010

The vulnerabilities of actors and writers, Geena Davis responds and Kobe Bryant can use a grammar lesson

Letter to the Editor: The first line of Reed Johnson’s article about director Kathryn Bigelow [“Redeploying Gender,” Feb. 28] states, ” . . . there are few surer ways to kill off a promising film career than by getting yourself labeled a ‘feminist’ director.” I wonder if Mr. Johnson can name even a single example of this phenomenon; I can think of no instance where a director has had a promising career, which then ended when they were suspected of believing in or promoting feminism. Read More…

March 12, 2010

Radio New Zealand Interview with Geena Davis

Academy Award winning actress on her push for more gender equality in children’s film and television. Read More…

March 02, 2010

Geena Davis, the Duchess of York and other international female all-stars promote women at UN event

When Geena Davis took on the role of the first female U.S. president in the ABC television series Commander in Chief, she was taking a step toward changing the way American women are portrayed in the media. Now, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media is advocating action to empower women internationally through its participation at the recent UN event, Engaging Philanthropy to Promote Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. Read More…

February 25, 2010

Caught Caring: The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

It’s often easy to forget that lifelong beliefs about gender and race can be shaped by something as innocent as a cartoon. Several years ago, when Geena Davis began watching preschooler television programming and G-rated movies with her now 7 ½-year-old daughter Alizeh Keshvar, she was shocked not so much by what she saw — but instead by what she didn’t see. “It jumped out at me,” she recently explained to the Sydney Morning Herald. “There was this huge gender gap.” Read More…

February 23, 2010

Geena Davis Wants To See More Women, Girls Onscreen

Actress Geena Davis noticed a strange thing when she started watching children’s TV shows and movies with her daughter Alizeh six years ago: There weren’t that many girls and women on the screen. So Davis tells the Sydney Morning Herald she founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media in 2005. Institute researchers examined the 100 top-grossing G-rated films between 1990 to 2005. Read More…

February 23, 2010

Magdalena de Suecia, Sarah Ferguson y Geena Davis, por la igualdad de género

Todas para una y una para todas. Ha sido el lema de estas tres mujeres que junto a diferentes organizaciones y fundaciones en pro de la mujer han defendido en Naciones Unidas la igualdad de género. La princesa Magdalena, la Duquesa de York y la actriz Geena Davis han reclamado la importancia de la educación en niños y niñas para evitar la discriminación y la violencia contra las mujeres en este encuentro que se celebró ayer en la sede de la organización bajo el nombre Compromiso filantrópico para promover la igualdad de género y la concesión de poderes a las mujeres. Read More…

February 23, 2010

USC Annenberg Study Shows Recent Top Films Lack Females on Screen and Behind Camera

A recent study of the 100 top-grossing films of 2007 by the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism found that females continue to be a large minority both on the screen and behind the camera. However, when women are decision-makers behind the scenes, the number of female characters in a film increases. The research, led by communication professor Stacy L. Smith and her team, showed that only 29.9 percent of the 4,379 speaking characters identified in the films were female, while 83 percent of all directors, writers and producers were male. Read More…

February 22, 2010

Academy-Award Winning Actress Addresses Press Conference on Gender Equality

Geena Davis, Academy Award-winning actress and founder of non-profit organization Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, addresses a press conference on “Engaging philanthropy to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment”, at UN Headquarters. View Photo…

February 22, 2010

Geena Davis Targets Male-Dominated Children’s Entertainment

Six years ago, Geena Davis starting watching children’s TV and videos with her then two-year-old daughter. Davis thought she’d find cute, educational fare; instead she found a disturbing gender imbalance. Davis founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and commissioned studies concerning children’s programming. (Today, she’ll give a closing keynote address at a United Nations event about gender equality and women’s empowerment.) The statistics in the SMH piece are startling. Read More…

February 22, 2010

No place for women, even for preschoolers

Geena Davis is an Oscar winner, Mensa member, lingerie model, Swedish speaker and Olympic archer, not to mention star of the upcoming Australian film Accidents Happen. For her next trick, the mother of three is redressing the gender imbalance in the movies. It all started six years ago, when Davis’s daughter Alizeh was a toddler. “When she was about two I started watching G-rated videos and little kids’ preschool programming,” Davis told the Herald. Read More…

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