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February 14, 2013
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  Gender In Media 
  • Maybank, Corbett, others discuss the need to encourage girls in STEM
    More work needs to be done to help erase stereotypes about girls and subjects such as science, technology, engineering and math, according to an MSNBC panel of experts that included Dr. Althea Maybank, co-founder of the Artemis Medical Society, and Christianne Corbett of the American Association of University Women, among other women. Girls need to see more women role models in STEM and be encouraged to pursue those fields, the panelists agreed. “In a community and country which is becoming more and more diverse, we need to have a physician workforce that reflects that," Dr. Maybank said. MSNBC (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rachel Feldman to turn Ledbetter equal-pay battle into a film
    Lilly Ledbetter has reached an agreement with producer and director Rachel Feldman to film a biopic chronicling her struggle for equal pay for women. The Alabama native, who fought decades of harassment and cronyism at a Goodyear plant, was the inspiration for President Barack Obama’s Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act of 2009. (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Women and girls make up 75% of all trafficked people
    An estimated 20.9 million people are trafficked worldwide -- about 58% for purposes of sexual exploitation and another 36% for other forms of forced labor, according to a report of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime. Traffickers target more women and foreign nationals than in other crimes, pulling from at least 136 nationalities in 118 countries, the report said. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Why starting a business can help women close the pay gap
    Starting a business can be scary, but it can also help women avoid the gender pay gap that exists in the corporate world, writes Belinda Parmar of Lady Geek. One study found that women in the U.K. who are established business owners make more than their male peers. "For women, an environment where financial reward is more closely tied to personal endeavor is extremely attractive," she writes. Forbes (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NSBA 2013 Annual Conference to feature Geena Davis, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Diane Ravitch
    Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and education researcher Diane Ravitch will headline the National School Boards Association's 73rd Annual Conference set for April 13 to 15 in San Diego, Calif. Davis will open the First General Session on April 13 and will highlight her studies on media and child development. Find out more. 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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