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February 28, 2013
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  Gender In Media 
  • Olin to chair AWM board
    The Alliance for Women in Media’s 2013 National Board of Directors will include Local Focus Radio President Kay Olin, Discovery Communications' Kristen Welch and Encompass Digital Media’s Sarah Foss. "The Alliance for Women in Media has an ambitious agenda ahead of us. From our Symposium Series to the Gracie Awards, which will be hosted on both coasts for the first time, AWM is actively engaging, recognizing and promoting women in media," said Olin, who will serve as the AWM national chair. Radio Online (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Survey: Women business owners optimistic
    Women business owners say they are optimistic about their companies' chances in 2013, and 93% plan to spend the same amount as in 2012 or more on hiring, finds a survey by Group and the National Association of Women Business Owners. Seventy-three percent said they expect to increase their marketing budgets this year. Small Business Trends (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • UN meeting to turn ideas into action on protecting women
    Next month's meeting of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women will bring together nearly 6,000 leaders from civil society to address ways to eliminate violence against women and girls, said Lakshmi Puri, deputy executive director of UN Women. About one-third of the delegates will be from grass-roots organizations, which Puri said means that "what is accepted here globally by member states will be implemented at the regional level, national level and at the local level." The Guardian (London) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Labour Party's Harman challenges broadcasters on sexism, ageism
    Labour Party deputy leader Harriet Harman has written a letter to British broadcasters inquiring about the number of older women working in television in support of the Commission on Older Women’s efforts to promote females in media and public life. "I think that there's a combination of age and sex discrimination which doesn't apply to younger women – although they obviously still struggle with balancing a work and family – and doesn't apply to older men,” says Harman. The Guardian (London) (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Lipscomb receives award for Institute "Guess Who?" PSA series
    Five Lipscomb University student producers have been awarded a national Gracie Award for Outstanding Public Service Announcement. The spot titled, "Guess Who?," is one of five in a series of videos created by Lipscomb students on behalf of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media in partnership with the Independent Television Service and ITVS' Women and Girls Lead campaign. Find out more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • #SheDocs Online Film Festival offers 10 free films in March
    From March 1 to 31, Women and Girls Lead will present 10 free films to watch or screen online as part of the #SheDocs Film Festival. Celebrate Women's History Month and International Women's Day with a refreshing lineup of films focused exclusively on the ambitions and contributions of women and girls worldwide. #SheDocs will kick off on Friday, with an online social screening of "MAKERS: Women Who Make America." RSVP for the free screening. 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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