What’s Happening at the Institute

Here's the latest on on our work.

July 27, 2020

“If He Can See It, Will He Be It?” Salon: Highlights and Insider Insights

On June 23rd, we unveiled a new report on the representation of masculinity in boys’ television. Our invitation-only event featured introductions and related insights from Institute Founder and Chair Geena Davis and Actor and Kering Foundation Board Director Salma Hayek Pinault along with President & CEO of Promundo, Gary Barker and three leading male advocates/feminists, Justin Baldoni, Wade Davis, and Joshua Rush.

June 28, 2020

The Baby-Sitters Club, Coming to Netflix

As temperatures rise, so does the anticipation for the launch of the contemporary adaptation of Ann M. Martin’s beloved young adult book series The Baby-Sitters Club on Netflix. The 10-episode series releases at a time when demand for babysitting is high, and it will be a welcome addition to families across the country who hunger for normalized lives. The show the relationships and experiences of a group of girlfriends as they navigate middle school, and the challenges inherent in starting their babysitting business.

June 24, 2020

Bias & Inclusion in Advertising: An Analysis of 2019 Cannes Lions Work

Today at LIONS Live, Cannes Lions and The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Mount Saint Mary’s University, have released the results of a major study that examines representations of gender, race/ethnicity, LGBTQ+, disability, age, and body size in Cannes Lions ads from 2006 – 2019.

June 23, 2020

New Institute Study Shows Top-Rated TV Content Reinforces Male Stereotypes: Aggressive, Uncaring, Hands-Off Parenting

A groundbreaking research study,“If He Can See It, Will He Be It? Representations of Masculinity in Boys’ Television, finds that male characters on the most popular TV shows for boys (7-13 years old) are portrayed as aggressive, uncaring, and as hands-off parents.

June 18, 2020

Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media Holds Social Justice Teach In

The Institute held a virtual 5-day Social Justice Teach In for our members that covered Social Justice Movements, Hollywood’s Hidden History of Race and Gender Codes, Why Media Representation Matters, How to Be an Effective Ally and Developing a Personal Action Plan.

June 02, 2020

For Our Members: 6/23 Virtual See Jane Salon: “If He Can See It, Will He Be It? Representation of Masculinity in Boys’ Television”

Join the Institute in partnership with Promundo and the Kering Foundation for the launch of new research on how masculinity is portrayed in the most popular television shows among boys age 7-13, and hear from panelists Justin Baldoni, Wade Davis and Joshua Rush on media makers can have a positive impact by creating diverse and healthy representations of boys and men onscreen. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a member.

May 13, 2020

Institute Receives Two Gracie Awards

Two projects executive produced by Geena Davis and Institute CEO Madeline Di Nonno were recognized with the Alliance for Women in Media Foundations Gracie Awards. The Gracies recognize individual achievement and exemplary programming created by, for and about women in all facets of media and entertainment.

May 11, 2020

Discover how Disney Juniors new series Mira Royal Detective celebrates a vibrant, diverse and magical culture!⁠

Check out our exclusive interview with the voice of Mira, Leela Ladnier where she talks about Mira as a role model for young boys and girls as well as her own experiences with diversity.⁠ “Stay true to yourself; and, let the appreciation you have of your culture shine through. Remember who you are and never forget where you came from because your background is only going to help you push forward.”⁠

March 03, 2020

​Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media Study Finds Gender Parity in Family Films

The newest study released from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media indicates that 2019 saw just as many female lead characters in family films as male lead characters. In 2007, just 24% of family films featured female characters in lead roles. Last year, 48% of the 100 top-grossing family movies featured lead female characters. See the complete findings.