Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis gave a rousing speech during the opening session of All About Women at the Sydney Opera House over the weekend, speaking about the power the media has to immediately change how women are viewed, as well as her long career and the challenges she still faces as she ages in Hollywood. "What if we are inculcating generation after generation to believe that low representation of women is the norm?" Davis asked, citing recent representation statistics from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. "On screen, add women; behind the camera, add women; in media, add women; in law and on corporate boards, add women," Davis urged.
The Internet Movie Database has added an F-Rated designation to over 21,000 titles to help spotlight prominent work by women on these films in front of and behind the camera. The new classification also features a F-Rated "gold standard" for those films that include at least one female writer, female lead characters and a female director.
The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and Ford's #ShesGotDrive campaign features young female directors as part of its video series. Yulin Kuang shares her personal story of becoming a director and her hope that other young girls will find inspiration and follow their own dreams and visions of success.
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State Street Global Advisors sponsored the placing of a 4-foot tall bronze sculpture of a young girl staring down the iconic Charging Bull on Wall Street. The statue, dubbed "Fearless Girl," is meant to be a symbol of the need for more female leaders in business.
Women of BYUtv's "Extinct" participate in "I Am Female Driven" campaign
The women of BYUtv's new sci-fi series "Extinct" came together to discuss their experiences as women in entertainment. Victoria Atkin, an "Extinct" lead actor, created "I Am Female Driven," a female-focused campaign. The women involved in the series donned T-shirts that were created to illustrate how it is smart to invest in female-driven content. "By listing stats about women's contributions to business, film, TV and the economy in general, the message was clear: women are an integral part of not only the entertainment industry, but the world," BYUtv said in a release. "Extinct" premieres Oct. 1. Find out more.
Sky News presenter and author Jacinta Tynan hopes more parents will take a page from Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis' parenting playbook, highlighting the inequity of girls on screen as they raise their sons and daughters to be more aware of the injustices women face in film, television and real life. Tynan writes about her own experiences raising a son in a male-dominated media culture and offers other parents' words of wisdom to help celebrate strong female characters and engage in children's viewing time.
Comerica Bank has asked Academy Award winner Geena Davis to keynote three of its Women's Business Symposiums -- April 21 in Orange County, Calif.; Sept. 28 in Houston; and Oct. 13 in Dallas. Comerica's symposiums are designed as "a forum for female business owners and entrepreneurs to share their unique perspectives and secrets for success with the community," Comerica Bank said. Find out more.
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Founded by Academy Award®-winning actor Geena Davis, the Institute is the only
research-based organization working with media and entertainment companies with
cutting-edge research, education, and advocacy programs to dramatically improve
how girls and women are reflected in media targeting children 11 and under.
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