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March 21, 2013
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  Gender In Media 
  • Producers overlook female directors for superhero films
    A number of recent high-budget superhero films have been put in the hands of relatively untested male directors such as Bryan Singer and Joe Johnson, but barely any have gone to talented women directors, Monika Bartyzel writes. Patty Jenkins, who directed the Oscar-winning film "Monster," was slated to helm "Thor 2," but Marvel took her off the project. The Week (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Commentary: TV depicts strong women as neurotics
    While it's encouraging that many smart, competent women television characters have emerged in recent years, it's troubling that so many of these characters are depicted as being mentally unbalanced, Heather Havrilesky writes. "The suggestion in all of these shows is that a female character's flaws are inextricably linked to her strengths. Take away this pill problem or that personality disorder, and the exceptional qualities vanish as well," she writes. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • "Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California" reveals gender gaps
    Mount St. Mary’s College released its 2013 "Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California" on March 21. The report is the only one of its kind in the state, tying together existing research from a dozen key areas crucial to the advancement and well-being of women. Geena Davis spoke at the report’s unveiling and highlighted how -- in a media-rich state like California -- far too few women are represented in news media, television and film. Read the full report. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.N. takes aim at broadband gender divide
    The United Nations is calling on member states to eliminate gender disparities in access to broadband, with the goal of full parity by 2020. The proposal was announced Saturday by the Broadband Commission Working Group on Gender, which was launched last year by actor Geena Davis, who serves as the International Telecommunication Union's Special Envoy on Women and Girls. Multichannel News (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • U.N.'s historic agreement to stop violence against women, girls
    The United Nations agreed on a declaration to prevent and condemn violence against women and girls regardless of "any custom, tradition or religious consideration" as part of the annual meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon lauded the members for taking "action to prevent violence and provide justice and services to survivors." While Egypt voted for the declaration, the ruling Muslim Brotherhood party said the U.N.'s action would lead to the "complete disintegration of society." Google/Agence France-Presse (3/16), The Guardian (London) (3/15), (3/18) 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.
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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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