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March 28, 2013
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  Gender In Media 
  • Study: Women underrepresented on TV writing staffs
    Women comprised 30.5% of TV writing staffs during the 2011-2012 season, compared with 25% in the 1999-2000 season, according to a study released this week by the Writers Guild of America West. At the current rate, it will be another 42 years before the percentage of TV writers who are women is proportionate to the population, the study noted. (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Helen Mirren draws attention to lack of women directors
    Actor Helen Mirren this weekend at the Empire Jameson Awards criticized the scarcity of women directors in Hollywood. Her comments followed an acceptance speech in which "Skyfall" director Sam Mendes praised male directors such as Martin Scorsese and Paul Thomas Anderson. "I just hope, I pray, I know that in five or ten years’ time, when the next Sam gets up and makes his or hopefully her speech, there will be two or three or four women's names in there," Mirren said. New Statesman (London) (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Women senators are becoming more prevalent, powerful
    Men still dominate the U.S. Senate, but there are now 20 women in the legislative body -- a record high. In addition to bringing different viewpoints to the table, research suggests that women lawmakers may also be more likely to reach across party lines. "[W]hile men may choose to obstruct and delay, women continue to strive to build coalitions and bring about new policies," according to a recent study. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Google asks nonprofit startups to pitch ideas
    Google has issued a call of U.K.-based startups to submit ideas for the Global Impact Challenge, a reward program that helps fund projects that use tech innovation to tackle social issues. Google launched the program in December awarding $23 million in grants to seven organizations, including Equality Opportunity Schools, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and the World Wildlife Fund. (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Malala Fund to make first grant
    The Malala Fund is ready to make its first grant to give girls the opportunity to pursue education rather than enter the workforce at an early age. The fund, named for 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban, was created by Malala, her family, the United Nations Foundation's Girl Up! initiative, Vital Voices and individuals. The Huffington Post (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • PBS film will examine Wonder Woman's place in American culture
    A PBS documentary premiering on April 15 explores the history of Wonder Woman, and how her image has influenced the perception of women in American culture. "The narratives of our most iconic superheroes, told and re-told over decades, boldly outline our shifting values," the film's director, Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, said in a statement. A screening of the film is set to be held today in Pasadena, Calif., followed by a panel discussion that will include Madeline Di Nonno, executive director at the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Hero Complex (3/27) 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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