What’s Happening at the Institute

Here's the latest on on our work.

September 05, 2023

Insight from Nielsen: New Research Shows that Disability-inclusive Content is Smart Business

It’s the classic fashion catalog pose. Two fetching models, a man and a woman who look like they’re about to go yachting, peer into the camera with a look that borders on smoldering. They are selling clothing, yes. But also a vision of a more representative media landscape. Look again. To the left of the […]

August 08, 2023

With This Light: An interview with filmmakers Jessica Sarowitz, Laura Bermudez and Nicole Bernardi-Reis

“God’s projects are not determined by money; they are determined by action. When we think we can’t do it, we must ask: God, show me a light. My path is to open paths so others can walk. I can’t just stop. I move forward and they come along.” — Sister María Rosa Leggol Given that […]

July 19, 2023

Breaking the Silence: Confronting Online Violence Against Women and Nonbinary Journalists

When news surfaced on June 28, 2018, that a gunman was firing shots inside a Maryland newspaper office, award-winning television journalist Jareen Imam did what she always does. She sprang into action. Imam, in her role as Director of Social Newsgathering at NBC News, quickly spotted a tweet from a Capital Gazette sports intern who […]

July 11, 2023

Beyond Lazy Tropes: The Quest for Authenticity in Fat Representation

L to R: Brianna McDonnell, Jackie Schwartz, and Britney Young. BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Britney Young, best known for her role on “Glow,” remembers the gloriously unusual audition process for the hit Netflix series about women’s professional wrestling. Hopefuls were told in no uncertain terms to show up without makeup: “Come as you are.” Creators Liz […]

June 09, 2023

Virtual See Jane Salon – The New Frontline: The Battle Against Online Violence

Thursday, June 29, 2023 Watch the full event replay here. See below for event details.     The Geena Davis Institute, in partnership with Craig Newmark Philanthropies, held an engaging discourse on the real-world impact of online violence – a coordinated threat confronting all of us, especially women and gender-expansive journalists. Attendees learned what actions, […]

May 22, 2023

Interview with Mallika Chopra on How the Apple TV+ Series “Stillwater” Equips Children with Strategies for Resilience and Mindfulness

There’s a scene midway through the compelling Season 3 premiere of “Stillwater” in which a main character named Addy becomes so overwhelmed by stress that she escapes to a more serene setting, folds her body into the lotus position, closes her eyes and simply breathes. She’s meditating. Right there at the dramatic high point of […]

April 17, 2023

Interview with J.J. Johnson About His New Apple TV+ Series “Jane” and the Importance of Female Role Models

J.J. Johnson, the creator of a new environmentally themed family series for Apple TV+, hit the jackpot when it comes to “Jane.” He landed a vivacious young actor (Ava Louise Murchison) to represent the ideals of renowned conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, enlisted some of the most accomplished women in science to make stirring cameos, and […]

March 28, 2023

A Night of Poetry Honoring Lucille Clifton

April 25, 2023 7:00pm-8:30pm Program, 8:30pm-9:00pm Reception SAG-AFTRA FoundationScreening Room 5757 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036 April is National Poetry Month and what better way to celebrate than to honor the life and legacy of renowned poet Lucille Clifton. On April 25th, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and The Clifton House […]

March 27, 2023

Geena Davis Institute Earns Candid’s 2023 Gold Seal of Transparency

The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media proudly announces that it has earned Candid’s 2023 Gold Seal of Transparency on GuideStar. The official seal recognizes philanthropic organizations that demonstrate a deep commitment to transparency, accountability, and inclusivity and operate from a position of strong financial health. Less than 2% of non-profits registered with Candid […]

March 24, 2023

Earth Day Screening of New Apple TV+ Series “Jane”

April 22, 2023 11:00 am ET 247 W 54th St. New York, NY 10019 Come celebrate Earth Day with the Geena Davis Institute! Families were invited to a private screening of the new Apple TV+ series “Jane” followed by a live Q&A with the team behind the series. Event Photo Gallery Sinking Ships’ newest series […]