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October 11, 2012
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  Gender In Media 
  • Davis calls for education to achieve gender equality
    Education is key to changing a broad lack of awareness about gender equality in film and television that exists in society, believes Geena Davis who recently traveled to Canada to address the Canadian Women's Foundation Toronto. "They just don't realize how many female characters they're leaving out, that they're not populating the worlds they create with a female presence," the Academy-Award winning actor said. Lethbridge Herald (Alberta)/The Canadian Press (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Baseball's All American Girls reunite for another game
    Forty seven of the surviving players of the All American Girls Professional League reunited recently at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., to remember their time on America’s fields during the World War II era. The league lasted just over a decade and faded from popular memory until the hit movie "A League of Their Own" reinvigorated interest. CBS News (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Education gaps remain on International Day of the Girl
    Universities and industry in the U.S. are working to make scientific and mathematical fields more attractive to females, but more needs to be done across the board to ensure girls around the world have educational opportunities, Camille Crittenden writes to mark the International Day of the Girl. The United Nations declared today, Oct. 11, 2012, the first-ever International Day of the Girl in a bid to draw attention to the severe challenges girls worldwide face to access a basic education. The Huffington Post/The Blog (10/8), The Vancouver Sun (British Columbia) (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Female entrepreneurs find opportunities during recession
    Female entrepreneurs are finding stunning business success during the recession. From creating new styles of traditional favorites like chicken wings, to innovative auto-care seminars to empower women, female entrepreneurs are helping to remake the face of business. (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Beauty is individual, says Dove self-esteem envoy
    Women need to be reminded that the global media's definition of beautiful is very narrow and they should embrace their individual beauty, musician and global hip hop envoy Toni Blackman says in this interview. Blackman is one of five women chosen by Dove to help celebrate its third annual nationwide Self-Esteem Weekend. (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Historian digitally preserves women's history resources
    Letters and other resource documents of the National Women's History Museum are being digitized with the help of Kristen Gwinn-Becker, founder and CEO of HistoryIT of Evanston, Ill. Gwinn-Becker, who earned her doctorate in U.S. history from George Washington University, advises museums, nonprofit groups and other organizations about how to enhance and organize their databases, and make them easier to use. "We want to digitize materials for preservation," she said. Chicago Sun-Times (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Geena Davis Institute, ITVS and Lipscomb launch gender stereotypes video series
    Nashville Public Television began airing a children's educational video produced by Lipscomb University communication students last week as part of its Women and Girls Lead campaign. Five Lipscomb juniors and seniors produced both a one-minute and two-minute public service announcement in cooperation with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and the Independent Television Service. The spots are designed to introduce viewers to positive gender role models by highlighting two women in jobs not usually associated with women: an airline pilot and a race car driver. Find out more. 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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