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December 20, 2012
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  Gender In Media 
  • Time puts first woman in editor-in-chief role - Martha Nelson
    Time Inc. has announced Martha Nelson is replacing outgoing editor John Huey and will step in as the company’s seventh editor-in-chief. Nelson, the first woman to hold the position at Time Inc., founded InStyle and previously worked as editor for the People Group. (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Oxygen Media gains ground as network of choice for women
    Oxygen Media dominated with female viewers among other cable networks Monday nights in 2012 and is finishing out the year as a top 25 ranked network for women in the 18-34 age group, according to Nielsen. The network plans to continue original series such as "I'm Having Their Baby" and "Best Ink" in 2013, while planning to also add new programming into the mix. (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Strategies to help kids cope with Newtown reaction
    Fear and sadness are the overarching reactions to the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., that left more than 20 elementary school students and teachers dead, and working to facilitate expressions of those emotions is part of a healthy grieving process, writes Harold Koplewicz, president of the Child Mind Institute. Giving children a chance to express their fears and answering their questions, while keeping an eye out for warning signs of poor recovery, are strategies that can help. ABC News (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Ideas in Action 
  • Hasbro to unveil gender-neutral Easy-Bake Oven
    Hasbro has announced plans to begin selling gender-neutral versions of its long-successful Easy-Bake Oven. A teenage New Jersey girl launched a campaign, including a petition that quickly attracted over 40,000 signatures, against the company after she was unable to find an Easy-Bake Oven in a color other than pink or purple. USA Today/The Associated Press (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Women key to Mars Curiosity mission
    Women are playing a critical role in the mission for the Mars Curiosity, NASA's biggest and most sophisticated planetary vehicle thus far. Jennifer Griffies, for example, is working on mapping and landing site selection for the mission, while Kirsten Seibach is lending her skills to the two-year effort as a Mars Science Laboratory mission documentarian. Washington Magazine (St. Louis) (12/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Huffington Post sponsors STEM mentorship program
    Young women interested in careers related to science, technology, engineering and math are invited to participate in Huffington Post's new STEM mentorship program. The goal is to match female high-school and college students with women professionals in technology and science industries, and allow those mentors to share information and answer questions about education, career planning and more. The Huffington Post (12/12) 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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