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February 21, 2013
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  Gender In Media 
  • At Solve for X, Davis talks gender in media
      
    Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis spoke about gender equality and her effort to improve the media portrayal of women and girls at Solve for X, which aims to help solve global problems. For some time now, female actors have faced narrow choices in the roles available to them in Hollywood, while children experienced limited exposure to female characters as role models, Davis said. YouTube (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Independent films may pave way for more female Hollywood directors
    On the independent film circuit, female directors are becoming more commonplace -- half of this year's entries in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category were director by women. Bringing a film to Sundance has already become a proven way to help women break into Hollywood directing, according to a 2010 USC Annenberg study, of the 4.4% of women who were behind the camera for top movie studio films over the past 11 years, 41.5% of these directors were backed by the Sundance Institute's programs or had films appear at the Sundance festival. The Atlantic online (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Female business owners make their pitch in Women 2.0 competition
    Ten women entrepreneurs participated in a pitch competition to attract attention from investors at a recent Women 2.0 conference. Angaza Design, a provider of solar energy to developing countries, took the top prize. Other entrants included Maker's Row, which helps designers and manufacturers connect, and Greengar Studios, which has developed a note-taking app. Inc. online (free registration) (2/15) 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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