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June 28, 2022

How Media Can Influence Cybersafety and Open Careers for Women and Girls

By Mary Ellen Holden In April, Craig Newmark Philanthropies (CNP) committed more than $50 million to support a broad coalition of organizations dedicated to educating and protecting everyday Americans amid new and escalating cybersecurity threats. Craig Newmark has been a longtime partner and supporter of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. When we […]

May 04, 2022

Being Seen Onscreen is Lifechanging for Older Adults

By Mary Ellen Holden Today, almost half of the U.S. adult population is over fifty, and this demographic is growing exponentially. As America gets older, our focus on issues related to age and aging has sharpened. This includes but is not limited to employment, the supply and demands of health care, home care, the role […]

March 27, 2022

Mothering Sunday, Tragic Memories Embolden this Writer to Overcome the Entrapments of Her Younger Self

Colin Firth, Odessa Young, Josh O’Connor, Olivia Colman. Photos: Sony Pictures Classics By Mary Ellen Holden Delicate, sensual, empowering, and masterful, Mothering Sunday, adapted from the 2016 novella by Graham Swift, is the story of loss, survival, grief, guilt, and deception. Set in the wake of World War 1, the film, in a nonlinear style, […]

January 02, 2022

Mariana van Zeller’s Investigations Reveal the Minds, Motivations, and Economic Impact of Black Markets

By Mary Ellen Holden We first met Marianna van Zeller a year ago when the Geena Davis Institute hosted an Influencer Screening celebrating the launch of Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller, an original series investigating the world’s most complex, dangerous, and harrowing black markets. Nominated for a 2021 News and Documentary Emmy Award, its second […]

October 07, 2021

Disney’s Reimagine Tomorrow Digital Destination Celebrates Inclusion for Everyone

By Mary Ellen Holden On September 1, The Walt Disney Company launched its Reimagine Tomorrow digital destination, a large-scale platform for amplifying underrepresented voices and untold stories. It champions the importance of accurate representation in media and entertainment and introduces the tagline, “A place where we all belong.” Latondra Newton, senior vice president and Chief […]

September 21, 2021

Chris Nee and Kerri Grant Bring Invisible Communities and Careers to Life in Ada Twist, Scientist, Coming to Netflix

Image: © Netflix By Mary Ellen Holden Ada Twist, Scientist, based on the best-selling books, is coming to Netflix as an animated preschool series on September 28th. It follows the adventures of eight-year-old Ada Twist, a pint-sized black female scientist with a giant-sized curiosity who aspires to discover the truth about absolutely everything with the […]

September 08, 2021

Video Gaming for Good – The Time is Now, Learn How

By Mary Ellen Holden Can the video gaming ecosystem help promote healthy boyhood to manhood? Will a deeper understanding of video games support the development of positive gender norms in the offline world? How do we move from the notion that video games are harmful and promote toxic masculinity to see the good in gaming? […]

August 22, 2021

Industry Leaders are Redefining What it Means to be API in Entertainment – Simply Put, They Want More

By Mary Ellen Holden The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media (the Institute) co-hosted a robust panel discussion at The Bentonville Film Festival (BFF), a forum to champion women and diverse voices, on August 3rd regarding what it means to be API in the Entertainment Industry. The conversation was particularly timely given the alarming […]

June 20, 2021

UNICEF’s Gender Equality Leaders Discuss the Impact of Private Sector Advertising

By Mary Ellen Holden In collaboration with UNICEF and its partners, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media unveiled a new Gender Bias and Inclusion in Advertising in India report at a Virtual See Jane Salon on April 21, 2021. This research assessed the role of advertising media in reinforcing and challenging harmful gender […]

May 13, 2021

Nielsen’s New Research Prompts Advertisers to Defund Hate

By Mary Ellen Holden This month, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media celebrates the vibrant and diverse culture of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) and their contributions to society. Industry data and consumer insights have identified Asian Americans as a driving force in the U.S., both as cultural influencers and powerful consumers. […]

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