News Archive

Here's the latest on the Institute and Geena Davis.

March 01, 2011

Geena Davis joins the Wall Street Journal’s Inaugural Task Force on Women in the Economy

Other featured participants include Robert Zoellick of World Bank; Sandra Day O’Connor, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice; Marissa Mayer of Google; Sallie Krawcheck of Bank of America. Read More… Additional Info Here & Here.

February 25, 2011

Geena Davis Participates in Launch Event for UN Women

Honoring the past and envisioning the future for women and girls, watch the webcast of this inaugural UN Women event on YouTube (Geena’s speech begins at approx. 55 minute mark). Watch the Webcast…

February 24, 2011

Geena Davis Participates in Launch Event for UN Women

On February 24, 2011, UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, celebrated its launch at UN Headquarters in New York. Luminaries from the worlds of politics, entertainment, business, civil society, the media, music and film packed the UN General Assembly.


From left to right: Bandana Rana, President, Saathi; Ted Turner, CNN founder and UN Foundation chairman; H.R.H Princess Cristina of Spain; President of the UN General Assembly Joseph Deiss; UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Mrs. Ban Sook-taek; UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro; Permanent Representative of Nigeria and President of the UN Women Executive Board 2011 Ambassador Joy Ogwu; Juju Chang, news anchor for ABC’s Good Morning America; Former Commander of the all-female Formed Police Unit in Liberia Rakhi Sahi; and Actress Geena Davis


Geena Davis was one of the key speakers



Some photos courtesy of UN Women

January 04, 2011

Geena Davis Joins US Delegation to the 55th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

The 55th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women will be held from February 22 through March 4, 2011 at UN Headquarters in New York. Read More…

November 04, 2010

Geena Davis to speak at BU on November 30, 2010

Alumni Geena Davis returns to Boston University to discuss her career and her work in gender in media. More Info…

October 15, 2010

Join Geena Davis on November 12, 2010 at the 15th Annual WomenVenture Fall Leadership Event at the Minneapolis Convention Center

The event brings together a wide range of professionals, community leaders and individuals, each sharing a common desire to invest in the community by investing in women. More Info…

October 12, 2010

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation and Geena Davis to Honor Student Work Advocating Gender Equality at 2011 College Television Awards

The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and the Television Academy Foundation have partnered to create the first-ever Focus on Diversity and Gender Equality in Children’s Media Award.  The honor will be presented at the 32nd College Television Awards Gala which will take place April 9, 2011 at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood, Calif.  This new honor is sponsored by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, an organization devoted to the promotion of gender equality in children’s programming.  The College Television Awards recognize excellence in work by undergraduate and graduate students at schools around the country in the areas of video, digital and film production.  Read More…

October 06, 2010

Healthy MEdia Commission

Geena Davis joined media industry partners and leaders met at the Healthy Media for Youth Summit on October 6, 2010 in Washington, DC to discuss healthy media for youth, with an emphasis on media images of women and girls. Hosted by the Girl Scouts, the National Association of Broadcasters, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and the Creative Coalition.

On April 27, 2011, Geena Davis and Deborah Taylor Tate (former FCC Commissioner) launch Healthy MEdia: Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls with partners Girl Scouts of the USA, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), and The Creative Coalition. Commission members include media industry leaders, subject matter experts, youth representatives, and the creative community.

On July 12, 2011, Girl Scouts of the USA hosted the Healthy MEdia Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls Inaugural Meeting in Washington, DC.

Below are photos from these related events. Photos: Leslie E. Kossoff/LK Photos


Geena Davis spoke at the Healthy Media for Youth Summit and other Healthy MEdia events


GDIGM’s CEO, Madeline Di Nonno, and Founder, Geena Davis


Commission co-chairs Geena Davis and Deborah Taylor Tate


Panel discussion from L to R: Maggie, Abrar, Katie, Geena Davis, and Deborah Taylor Tate


Abrar, Maggie, Geena Davis, Caroline, and Katie


Laurie Westley and Geena Davis


Members of the Healthy MEdia Commission posed for a group photo

October 05, 2010

New Study: Gender Disparity On Screen and Behind the Camera in Family Films

When Oscar-winning actor Geena Davis began watching children’s movies with her young daughter, she noticed it was nearly impossible to find a family film with more than one or two female characters, and without negative images and stereotypes of girls and women. Instead of sitting back, Davis formed the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to study and quantify gender inequity in children’s entertainment and to use the data to affect change from within the industry. GDIGM’s latest study, “Gender Disparity On Screen and Behind the Camera in Family Films,” by Stacy L. Smith, PhD and Marc Choueiti, was conducted at USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. Read More…

October 05, 2010

Geena Davis Announced as a Speaker at the SPARK Summit on Oct. 22, 2010

SPARK Summit is thrilled to announce actress and advocate Geena Davis as one of its participating speakers! Davis’ work as an advocate for women has been well-documented, especially as it pertains to her Institute on Gender in Media. Through research, activism and increasing public knowledge of girls’ representation in popular culture, Davis’ Institute has raised the bar on raising awareness. We look forward to hearing from her at SPARK Summit on October 22nd.