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October 13, 2011
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  Gender In Media 
  • Nobel awards peace prizes to 3 unique females
    This year's Nobel Peace Prize list includes three women: Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is the first woman to be elected president in modern Africa; fellow countrywoman peace activist Leymah Gbowee; and Tawakkol Karman, a pro-democracy campaigner living in Yemen. Not only does the trio stand out for their accomplishments, but the winners illustrate how women are making global change happen when it comes to women's rights and being recognized for their commitments. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How Halloween can be used to promote young girls' esteem
    The scariest holiday of the year is also a prime opportunity to educate and create awareness about how clothing plays a role in sexualizing females, says psychoanalyst Joyce McFadden, and to foster greater dialogue aimed at shoring up self-esteem. "The better we understand the forces at play, the more we can help our girls stand against the pressure to find their value mainly in the kind of fake sexuality that gives true sexuality, the way women and girls really experience it, a bad name," writes the author of "Your Daughter's Bedroom: Insights for Raising Confident Women." The Huffington Post (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Designer aims to empower girls with a fashion flair
    Pigtail Pals' founder Melissa Wardy started her young children's clothing line for a very personal reason: She couldn't find what she felt was empowering fashion options for her baby daughter. "I thought girls deserved more empowering and diverse messages than just sparkles and tiaras," said Wardy, who also runs media literacy programs to educate and engage parents about media messaging to girls. "I want to change the way the marketplace looks for young girls," she said. ReelGirl blog (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Senator: Women need to get into the political arena
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., isn't pulling any punches about her passion for gender equality and empowering women. She believes women have a strategic and critical role to play in U.S. decision-making and is intent on getting more women involved in the political and electoral process. "A lot of studies show that when women are on corporate boards that companies do better. My own experience in Congress is when women are on committees and at hearings, the nature of the discussion is different, and the outcomes are better -- better decisions are made," she said. (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Walden, O'Dell, Naegle and Jacobs join B&C's "Women of Hollywood"
    Dana Walden, chairman of 20th Century Fox Television; "Entertainment Tonight" co-anchor Nancy O'Dell; HBO Entertainment President Sue Naegle; and Katie Jacobs, executive producer, director and co-showrunner of "House," have joined the lineup of Broadcasting & Cable magazine's second annual Keynotes & Cocktails: Women of Hollywood event set for Nov. 15 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. Broadcasting & Cable (10/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Powerhouse lineup forming for annual TEDxWomen event
    This year's TEDxWomen event puts a spotlight on empowering young girls, explains Pat Mitchell, president and CEO of The Paley Center for Media, who notes this illustrates how investing in girls, listening and education plays into a better global tomorrow. The event already has some notables on board: Tavi Gevinson, fashion blogger and entrepreneur; Busisiwe Mkhumbuzi, a South African actor and activist; and Google Science Fair winners Shree Bose, Lauren Hodge and Naomi Shah. The one-day bi-coastal event, sponsored by The Paley Center, will be held Dec. 1 and focus on issues that impact girls' and women's lives. The Paley Center for Media/Pat Connects blog (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How do you define "healthy" media for women and girls?
    Consider all types of media, including television, films, magazines, books, music, social media, video games, animation and advertising. Find out more about "healthy" media for women and girls from the Girl Scouts of the United States of America.
Characters portray confident women and girls who feel good about their bodies and themselves
Characters are positive, authentic role models
Characters portray women in a range of professions (police, CEOs, doctors, politicians, engineers)
Female and male characters are equally represented
All of the above

  • Davis, Disney to preview "Women, War & Peace" at UCI
    Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis and documentary filmmaker Abigail Disney will mark the southern California debut of "Women, War & Peace" with a panel discussion and preview tonight at 7:30 Pacific time at University of California, Irvine, of the bold, five-part PBS television series challenging the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men's domain. 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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