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Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Why I'm Boycotting Movies About Men

Lori Day | Posted 01.30.2015 | Entertainment
Lori Day

I've spent half a century watching films that are by, for, and about men. I've paid too much of my hard-earned money supporting a fantasy world where half the human population has gone missing.

From Marilyn Monroe to Scarlett Johansson: What's Changed?

Sarah Collins | Posted 01.04.2015 | Entertainment
Sarah Collins

For every progressive film or TV show made, there are at least a dozen more undoing its positive influence. One can watch an early '60s flick like Lover Come Back and find almost the same character attributes to females in a movie like The Other Woman, released this past April.

A Surefire Sister

Brooke Bastinelli | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Brooke Bastinelli

Let's face it: The world can be pretty cruel to girls. Sometimes, it doesn't feel safe at all or the media are bombarding our senses with confusing information. It's hard to be a girl, but it also can be pretty fabulous.

Ruling Galaxies But Not Countries: New Research on Women in Film

David Kleeman | Posted 11.25.2014 | Entertainment
David Kleeman

Worldwide, across about 5,800 speaking or named characters, roughly 69 percent were male and 31 percent female. Fewer than a quarter of the films had a female lead

If He Sees It...

Luise Meyer | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Luise Meyer

Not only do we need girls to believe in themselves, but we need boys to believe in them, too, in order for the girls to succeed. Why? Those boys will be men some day.

Where Are the Girls in Family Films and Media? A Conversation With Madeline Di Nonno

Jordan Lloyd Bookey | Posted 05.24.2014 | Parents
Jordan Lloyd Bookey

There are some lovely shows that simply don't do a great job of representing women or girls. Instead of flipping the channel or finding a new movie, consider talking about what your child is watching first.

2 Great Pieces of Advice From Geena Davis

Jordan Lloyd Bookey | Posted 05.05.2014 | Parents
Jordan Lloyd Bookey

As parent of a boy and a girl, I worry about both of them and how they perceive what they see. As much as I'd like to say my kids only watch PBS or don't have screen time at all, that's not the case!

Challenges for Women in the Arts: Reflections on the MAKERS Conference

Lia Chavez | Posted 04.20.2014 | Arts
Lia Chavez

The feminists I know are intriguing creatives, entrepreneurs, mothers and lovers; we love our lingerie and our men (not necessarily in that order), and are passionate about excellence, human dignity, empathy, collaboration and co-creation.

Geena Davis Has A Simple Fix For Hollywood's Women Problem

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 12.16.2013 | Women

Geena Davis, the actress who inspired a generation of young women to dream of being baseball stars and the founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gen...

Muffin Top Movie: Reclaiming the Female Image

Suzette Standring | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Suzette Standring

Muffin top is the bit of blubbery overhang on a woman's mid-riff. Even it is barely noticeable, the female mind expands it exponentially to a monster truck tire. On this natural and normal belt, sadly, self-esteem dangles in despair. Is it possible to reclaim the muffin top as something positive?

Geena Davis: What's Still Missing From Hollywood

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.31.2013 | Fifty

For Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis, the 1991 girl buddy movie "Thelma and Louise" wasn't just a career watershed; it was a life-changing role...

Geena Davis, UN To Study Women In Film

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 07.02.2013 | Entertainment

UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. women's agency is teaming up with actress Geena Davis to support the first global study of how women and girls are portraye...

Google Gives $23 Million To Charities To Spur Innovation, Help Girls And Minority Students

Amy Neumann | Posted 02.03.2013 | Impact
Amy Neumann

Nonprofits have longed for years to have access to the best technology. Often, even the best of ideas have challenges when technology is involved, whether it's a technical or a funding issue. That's where the newly-announced Google.org Global Impact Awards come in.

How Do We Move the Needle on Women's Leadership?

Bonnie St. John | Posted 06.20.2012 | Women
Bonnie St. John

Our journey to understand women's leadership was a collaborative process -- which, when you are talking about a mother and a teenage daughter, means we argued about everything.

The 5th World Conference on Women and Sport

Diana Nyad | Posted 04.23.2012 | Sports
Diana Nyad

Confidence, long-term belief, discipline, grace in defeat -- all qualities that help us make a good life -- were constructed as my personal foundation directly through my participation in sports.

Do We Need A Princess Recovery Program?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 02.29.2012 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

Forget girls, parents are the people who need a Princess Recovery Program.

5 Ways to Help Boys and Girls Understand Sexism in Movies

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 02.05.2012 | Parents
Soraya Chemaly

There is no rating system that grades misrepresentation, bias or their effects on culture. Here are five things you can do to teach your kids, boys and girls, how to rate things for themselves.

Tearing Down the Celluloid Ceiling

K. Sujata | Posted 11.22.2011 | Chicago
K. Sujata

What Hollywood and Chicago have in common: when women are leaders, great things happen -- but women don't get to lead nearly often enough.

British MP Says Kid's TV Needs Better Female Role Models

Posted 09.25.2011 | Women

Does children's programming lack strong female characters? Jo Swinson, a member of British Parliament, thinks so. Swinson, a Liberal Democrat who ...