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August 16, 2012
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Working to create positive images of girls and women in media and entertainment

  Gender In Media 
  • Women, girls light spark to challenge media portrayals
    Women need to remain cognizant of the effects media's portrayal of females has on their psyche and that of young girls. Nonprofit organizations have joined with young girls to support the SPARK! campaign to stand against media's sexualization of women and girls, and have already scored a victory with Seventeen magazine. EmmeNation (8/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Saunders to take over as president of Redbox
    Anne Saunders, the chief marketing officer at Knowledge Universe, has been named president of Redbox, replacing founder Gregg Kaplan, who plans to leave the company. "Saunders brings to Redbox extensive executive experience across a variety of industries, including past senior leadership roles at Bank of America, Starbucks and AT&T," the company said of Saunders, who will take up her new post at the end of this month. The Hollywood Reporter (8/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ban: Women key to development, poverty alleviation
    A lack of female empowerment around the world hinders the development and global efforts of countries to reduce poverty, warns United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “Gender discrimination blocks progress. Equality makes it possible to achieve huge breakthroughs,” Ban says. (South Africa) (8/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Female geeks, gamers take over Seattle
    This year's GeekGirlCon attracted nearly 3,000 people on its first day, showcasing the growing interest among women in gaming, science fiction, fantasy and comics. "I don't think many people realize how many girls are involved in science fiction, fantasy and video games," said Corinne Giraud, an avid gamer. The Vancouver Sun (British Columbia) (8/13) 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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