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April 05, 2010

Geena Davis’ new study on gender bias in kids’ media

The research showed that in the top-grossing G-rated films from 1990-2005, there were three male characters for every one female – a statistic that did not improve over time. The concern was clear: What message does this send to young children? I can’t wait for this new study. Thank you to Geena Davis for recognizing the gender bias in kids movies and doing something to change it. Go Thelma! Read More…

April 05, 2010

Geena Davis’ org eyes gender bias

Geena Davis’ non-profit org devoted to studying gender issues in kidvid is prepping for busy summer and fall. The L.A.-based Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media is set to release this summer the findings of a lengthy study on gender roles in movies and TV shows aimed at viewers 11 and under. The org is also planning a daylong conference in L.A. this fall. The institute has a programming unit dubbed See Jane that aims to work with execs, creatives and other industry orgs to encourage the inclusion of a wider range of femme characters in kid-oriented programming. Read More…

April 05, 2010

She’s Making Media: Geena Davis at The Paley Center for Media

On August 15, 2011, Paley Center CEO & President Pat Mitchell interviewed Geena Davis about her film career and the work she is doing at the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. This special event was filmed exclusively for The Paley Center for Media television series, She’s Making Media.

Video courtesy of The Paley Center for Media

April 01, 2010

Geena Davis at The Paley Center for Media

On April 5, 2010, The Paley Center for Media held a special event where Paley Center CEO & President, Pat Mitchell, spoke with Geena Davis on stage about her film career and the work she is doing at the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Photos: Michael Priest Photography

Pat Mitchell, Geena Davis, Madeline Di Nonno

Geena chatting with Pat on stage

 

 

March 29, 2010

Geena Davis brings another strong woman to the screen in ‘Accidents Happen’

Where in the world is Geena Davis? We haven’t seen much of the former president since Commander in Chief was canceled in 2006. But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t been busy. A few years ago she founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, the largest research project ever conducted on gender in children’s entertainment. The results of research were not encouraging, as she explained in this interview with ABC News at the time. Read More…

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…

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