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January 12, 2012
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  Gender In Media 
  • George Clooney stands up for women in film
    Actor George Clooney is unequivocal when it comes to the power of women in film and says movies such as "Bridesmaids" and "The Help" prove that women can carry a film just as well as a male actor. "There's this strange thing that's happened over the last 25 or 30 years where there's this decision being made that women aren't able to carry the box office," Clooney said, acknowledging that female-lead flicks aren't easily sold. The Huffington Post (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Positive representation of women is critical in the media
    The U.K. fashion industry is getting on board when it comes to changing perceptions of women in the modeling and fashion worlds, and the same efforts need to be made in other media segments, writes Caryn Franklin, a fashion commentator and co-founder of All Walks Beyond the Catwalk. It's a culture-changing movement that will hopefully bring about better female images and slice away the stereotypes. The Huffington Post (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How storytelling can bring about big change for women
    Susan Cartsonis, a film producer and president of Storefront Pictures, recently spoke at the Girl Scouts' national convention and said there aren't enough women in the film industry. The chair of the Foundation Board of Women in Film, which gives grants to female filmmakers and scholarships to directors and cinematographers, says filmmakers are in the position to empower women and storytelling can advance gender equity and equality. Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa blog (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Seed fund focuses on encouraging more women to get into IT
    Five educational institutions are being awarded $10,000 in funding from the National Center for Women & Information Technology's Academic Alliance Seed Fund for developing programs to entice more women into the tech industry. The fund is jointly supported by Microsoft Corporation Research for developing initiatives around recruiting and retaining women in the computing sector. eMoneyDaily.com (1/9) 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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