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October 18, 2012
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  Gender In Media 
  • Davis lends support to Asia-Pacific broadcasters' efforts on new media
    Academy-Award winning actor Geena Davis discusses choosing powerful female roles, the effect of media on women and getting young girls interested in careers in new media in this video interview from Seoul. Davis, who is an International Telecommunication Union special envoy, visited South Korea to speak at the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union's General Assembly and help support its new "Women with the Wave" initiative. KBS (Korea) (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study finds British front pages dominated by men
    More than three quarters of front page articles in British newspapers are written by men, according to a new study from Britain's Women in Journalism. The study mirrors recent research in the U.S. that found men dominant in bylines across multiple media platforms. The Huffington Post (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Davis renews call for better media roles for women
    Academy-Award winning actor Geena Davis spoke this week at lecture hosted by the Institute for Women's Leadership, emphasizing the need for positive women characters in Hollywood, especially in G-rated films. She noted that there is just one female character in G-rated movies for every three male characters. "It occurred to me as a mother that kids should be seeing boys and girls sharing a sandbox together," she said. The Daily Targum (Rutgers University) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Number of women owning small businesses climbing
    In the past four decades, women have gone from owning 5% of U.S. small businesses to owning nearly a third of them, writes Karen Mills, administrator for the Small Business Administration. During President Barack Obama's administration, the SBA has supported billions of dollars in lending to women-owned businesses, writes Mills. The Huffington Post (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Ideas in Action 
  • NASA scientists seek to boost women in STEM
    Four female NASA scientists recently visited an all-girls school in San Jose, Calif., to promote STEM education and reinforce the idea that while women may be underrepresented in STEM fields, that doesn't have to be the case. "Don't ever let anyone else try to convince you that you're not good enough," planetary scientist Jennifer Heldmann told the girls. "The worst thing you can do is listen to them." San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Female football players run the field
    A trio of teenage football players is finding success on the field for the Avery Middle School Panthers in North Carolina. Running back Charity Ollis says her male teammates and coaches have treated her just like any other player. "I'd tell any girl to go out there and play as hard as any of the boys do," she says. The Avery Journal-Times (Newland, N.C.) (10/10) 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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