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November 8, 2012
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  Gender In Media 
  • Women can play key role in Star Wars future
    Princess Leia and Mara Jade are among the strong, well-rounded female characters to come out of the Star Wars universe, which treats women as full characters, not just adjuncts to male characters. "Women don't just get to be impressive stand-alone characters," Alyssa Rosenberg writes of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, the Star Wars umbrella that includes the related licensed novels, games, graphic novels and comics under the Star Wars brand. "In fact, one of the strengths of the Expanded Universe is that it tells so many stories about relationships between men and women who are equally competent and equally complex." Slate (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hathaway to help honor female leaders in journalism
    Actor Anne Hathaway is slated to host the Women's Media Center's 2012 Women’s Media Awards later this month. This year’s award recipients include Martha Nelson, editorial director of Time Inc., all-platform CNN journalist Sarah Hoye, and "E! Investigates" host Laura Ling. (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Women raise their voices in U.S. election
    Women played a critical role in Tuesday's elections in the U.S., helping to give incumbent President Barack Obama a win and ushering in a new era for women in the Congress. A record-setting number of women were elected to the Senate, with New Hampshire electing an all-woman leadership team for Congress and the governor’s seat. Forbes (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Event seeks to inspire girls by making STEM fun
    Schools and businesses in western Michigan are taking steps to inspire the next generation of young women to pursue jobs in science, technology, engineering and math. They recently came together for the STEM Girl Genious Conference, where more than 100 girls participated in hands-on projects and interacted with STEM professionals. "I'd like the girls to realize that anything is possible; that the old world and old ideas are really gone. Girls have great opportunities, especially in the STEM world," event co-creator Armen Oumedian said. WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids, Mich.) (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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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.
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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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