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April 20, 2018

Grey’s Anatomy: Geena Davis books return for Arizona’s exit

Geena Davis has booked a return trip to Grey’s Anatomy. The Oscar-winning actress will reprise her role as Dr. Nicole Herman in the penultimate hour, which, according to the logline, sees her returning to Grey Sloan to talk to Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) about an exciting opportunity. Read More…

April 19, 2018

Women who like ‘The X-Files’ more likely to work in STEM: study

Conducted by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and 21st Century Fox, the study verified the theory of “The Scully Effect,” the belief that the influx of women in STEM jobs was a result of being exposed to the Dr. Dana Scully character, played by Gillian Anderson, on The X-Files. “That’s really a societal norm shift,” said Madeline Di Nonno, CEO of the Geena Davis Institute, in a statement. Read More…

April 18, 2018

70 of the Most Inspirational Women Leaders Impacting the World in 2018

The latest report from explores the most influential women in the United States as well as some of the most amazing women inspiring change around the world. Our team spent weeks identifying some of the most accomplished women born in each US state then rounded out the report by finding amazing women in Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, and North and South America as well. We were absolutely blown away at how powerful these women are, and we think you will be too! Read More…

March 20, 2018

How The X-Files Helped Shape Modern Fandom — Including Shipping

One of the most important aspects of The X-Files is The Scully Effect. In 1993, there were few female characters on television that went beyond the traditional ideas of a woman. Most were wives and mothers, and if they did have careers, they were never in STEM [science, technology, engineering, mathematics] fields. Scully’s expertise helped encourage young women to pursue careers in the field. In a 2018 survey by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, 63% of women in STEM fields cited Dana Scully as a role model. I am not scientifically inclined, but I did consider a career at the FBI when I was younger. Then I learned that the X-Files was not a real division and that was the end of that. Read More…

March 13, 2018

Netflix 20th Anniversary: Beetlejuice was the first movie ever shipped

Time flies when you’re watching movies. The first disc ever shipped from Netflix was Beetlejuice starring Geena Davis, Michael Keaton and Alec Baldwin. Read More…

March 02, 2018

Looking at Children’s Programming through a #MeToo Lens

We are all familiar with the negative images of girls and women in movies and other media — and how ubiquitous they are. From the physical portrayal of women as ultra-thin, super sexy and scantily clad to the sexualized roles they often play, it’s enough to make you wish you could put your daughters in a bubble to shield them. Of course, you can’t. Even that “Prince Charming” narrative, in which their lives are not complete until they meet the right guy and that guy decides to love them in return, is everywhere. Read More…

February 21, 2018

Geena Davis, David Yurman brand seek change with new documentary looking at gender in Hollywood

According to a study released by The Times, women made up 11% of writers, 11% of directors, 16% of editors and just 4% of cinematographers on the top 250 U.S. films released last year. Only 1% of films last year employed 10 or more women as directors, producers, editors, writers and cinematographers — compared with 70% of films that had 10 or more men in key roles. “It’s not only on-screen. It’s who’s behind the camera,” Davis said. “Who are the storytellers? Whose point of view are we profoundly leaving out? Where are the intersectional women in all of these stories?” Read More…

November 10, 2017

Kidscreen Summit 2018 To Kick Off Exploring a Seismic Shift in the Emotional Landscape Of GEN Z with Geena Davis and Marty Krofft

After delivering a knock-out keynote address at Kidscreen Summit 2016 that had audience members rethinking their approaches to gender and diversity in the development process, activist and Oscar-winner Geena Davis is returning to the event to unveil exclusive new research from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media. Her latest study seeks to examine how products are being marketed to boys and girls through the use of brand mascots. It will analyze and identify current trends in the marketplace, and look at how the way brands portray different genders negatively or positively affects the way children perceive gender roles. Read More…

October 02, 2017

Hollywood’s dim view of banking and the real-world threat it poses

The film industry is painting an ugly picture of what life is like inside banks. And there are real-world dangers in that fiction. Top films about the industry from 2006 to 2016 showed bankers mostly as the bad guys — with an emphasis on the guys — an analysis conducted by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media shows. Men make up 81% of the characters, and are three times more likely than women to be shown in senior executive roles. None of the films portray banking as an industry where promotion is driven solely by merit; and in three-quarters of the films, bank employees are seen rising through the ranks at least partly because of cronyism and a willingness to bend the rules. Read More…

July 01, 2017

On ‘A League of Their Own’s’ 25th anniversary, Geena Davis still isn’t afraid to say ‘feminist’

It’s been 25 years since Geena Davis starred in “A League of Their Own,” a film that broke ground not only for its strong, mostly female cast but because it was a major film directed by a woman, Penny Marshall. Released July 1, 1992, the film was based on the true story of an all-women baseball league started during World War II and went on to become a beloved, and still all too rare, female-centered sports film. Coming out just a year after she and Susan Sarandon made movie history by driving their 1966 Ford Thunderbird into the Grand Canyon, “League” helped seal Davis’ place in Hollywood as a feminist voice. Read More…

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