News Archive

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.

October 05, 2010

‘Eye Candy Is Not For Kids,’ Says Geena Davis

GDIGM’s latest research 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 the Full Study…

September 20, 2010

Geena Davis interviewed by Soledad O’Brien, CNN Anchor, during the Social Good Summit

Mashable, 92nd Street Y and UN Foundation brought together leaders from the digital industry, policy and media worlds for a groundbreaking Social Good Summit focused on how technology and social networks can play a leading role in addressing the world’s most intractable problems. Watch Online…

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…