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September 13, 2010

Geena Davis joins Vision 2020 ‘Celebration of American Women’ focusing on women’s equality on Oct. 21, 2010

Vision 2020 announces with pride the special guests for its “Celebration of American Women” on Oct. 21, 2010: Geena Davis, Mae Jemison and Jane Seymour. The three celebrities will participate in a 90-minute program focusing on women’s equality. Tickets go on sale Sept. 13. The event is a cheerful pause in the midst of two days of serious debate and discussion about women’s equality during Vision 2020’s national conference: An American Conversation about Women and Leadership at the National Constitution Center. Read More…

July 21, 2010

Geena Davis named on women’s panel

Geena Davis has been appointed to a California commission established to promote women’s equality.
California governor and former Terminator actor Arnold Schwarzenegger named the 54-year-old actress to the Commission On The Status Of Women. The non-partisan panel advocates for women and girls in areas such as education and access to health care. Read More…

June 30, 2010

Geena Davis on Gender Equality!

I have the pleasure of knowing Geena Davis and if I still were living in the New York area, I would have been meeting with her during her recent visit to promote gender equality in the media. (That said, Park City is beautiful!!) CNN reported on her visit. ( click here to read and watch) I would like to thank Geena for her incredible work. What we see on television and in movies matters. Read More…

June 29, 2010

Geena Davis Takes On Media For Negative Portrayals Of Women

Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis says she is fighting passionately to ensure that women and girls are accurately depicted in the media, warning that the “hyper-sexualization” and other negative portrayals could roll back hard-won progress in achieving the United Nations-backed Millennium Development Goals.

June 29, 2010

Academy Award winning actress Geena Davis is concerned about images of women in children’s media

Academy Award winning actress Geena Davis has been at the United Nations this week. Gerry Adams reports. She addressed the meeting of the Economic and Social Council, saying she was very concerned about the media images and stereotypes of women that influence girls as they grow up. I had an opportunity to ask her why this was so important to her. Read More…

June 29, 2010

Geena Davis takes childrens fight to UN

Geena Davis has taken her campaign for empowerment of women in children’s media to the United Nations.
The Oscar-winner says she became concerned about the “disturbing” stereotyping and hyper-sexualisation of female characters after watching cartoons with her then 2-year-old. Read More…

June 29, 2010

Actress Geena Davis talks media, empowerment of women at U.N.

As an actress, Geena Davis played the first female president on TV and a baseball player in a popular movie, but as a media consumer she concluded long ago that there was something wrong in the way women were portrayed. Davis, a best-actress Oscar winner who is trying to change the portrayal of women in media, appeared at the United Nations Monday promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women in children’s media. Read More…

June 29, 2010

At UN, actress Geena Davis takes on media for negative images of women

With her ground-breaking roles in such films as Thelma and Louise and A League of Their Own, Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis is no stranger to playing strong women on the silver screen. Off-camera, she is fighting passionately to ensure that women and girls are accurately depicted in the media, warning that they hyper-sexualization and other negative portrayals could roll back hard-won progress in achieving the United Nations-backed Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline. Read More…

June 29, 2010

Shattering Stereotypes Worldwide: Geena Davis Speaks to the UN about Children’s Programming

At our 30th anniversary celebration in November, Academy Award winner Geena Davis shared feedback from fans moved by her portrayals of powerful women who defy stereotypes. Now 18 years since the release of A League of Their Own and teenage girls still approach Geena inspired by the hit movie: “I play sports because of that movie. I love that movie – I’ve watched it 100 times.” Read More…

June 29, 2010

Geena Davis speaks about gender equality at U.N. ECOSOC session

On June 28, Geena Davis presented key policy outcomes from the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Special Event on Engaging Philanthropy to Promote Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (Fast Forward to 1:29). Watch Online…

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