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January 10, 2013
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Working to create positive images of girls and women in media and entertainment

  Gender In Media 
  • Female, male directors on equal footing in Sundance competition
    Lynn Shelton, Liz Garcia and Francesca Gregorini are among the female directors whose feature films will be in competition at the Sundance Film Festival this year. For the first time in the festival’s history there will be an equal number of female and male directed films in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category. Entertainment Weekly (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Director Sarah Polley wants to show healthy portrayals of women
    The portrayal of women by Hollywood is primarily focused on sexualizing or ridiculing women’s bodies, a trend that needs to change, Canadian actor-director Sarah Polley says in this interview. Polley’s new film, "Take This Waltz," aims to show women's bodies in their natural state as a course of the movie’s storytelling. (U.K.) (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Insights 
  • Congress can't agree on the Violence Against Women Act
    Congress was unable to come to an agreement to extend the Violence Against Women Act, which was first passed in the mid-1990s. The Senate version of the bill would have added protections for Native American women, immigrants and members of the LGBT community. It appears that some members of the House had concerns about the provisions that relate to Native Americans. (1/9), National Public Radio (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Will crowdfunding be a boon for women founders?
    Equity-based crowdfunding could be a powerful tool for women, but some obstacles may stand in the way, notes Geri Stengel. Women excel in philanthropic giving but aren't necessarily as confident when it comes to making investments, she writes. "In the world of social good, a socially responsible enterprise provides a return while making the world a better place," she writes. "Some women realize that and are educating themselves to assess investments rather than give their money away." Forbes (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Ideas in Action 
  • Architect gives back by building women's centers
    Sharon Davis had made philanthropic efforts to support the efforts of female survivors of war and conflict to rebuild a key focus area of her career as an architect. Davis has helped build women’s centers in Kosovo and Rwanda, taking into account the specific needs and realities of local communities. Metropolis magazine (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Girls-only program seen as way to increase women in STEM careers
    Faced with research that shows girls still aren't strongly encouraged to take classes in science, technology, engineering and math, and pursue careers in those fields, the Lompoc Vandenberg chapter of the American Association of University Women in California is working with local schools and the University of California at Santa Barbara to provide more opportunities for girls in STEM. Among those efforts are a week-long summer STEM program for middle-school girls. The Lompoc Record (Calif.) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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About Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
Six years ago, while watching children's entertainment with her young daughter, Academy Award winner Geena Davis noticed a remarkable imbalance in the ratio of male to female characters. From that small starting point, Davis commissioned the largest research study ever undertaken on gender in children's entertainment. The research showed that in the top-grossing G-rated films, there were three male characters for every one female - a statistic that still has not improved. The Institute is the leading resource for gender in media research, trends and education for the entertainment industry and the public. The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and See Jane are a project of Community Partners.
About See Jane
See Jane is a program of the Institute that utilizes research, education and advocacy to engage the entertainment industry and recognize the need for gender balance and varied portrayals of females and male characters into movies, TV, and other media aimed at children 11 and under. We work cooperatively and collaboratively with entertainment creators to encourage them to be leaders in creating positive change.
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