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March 22, 2012
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  Gender In Media 
  • Fathers can help break stereotypes, empower daughters
    Fathers have a major role to play in the empowerment of their daughters and to help break stereotypes in a society where women and girls continue to be objectified, write Lawrence J. Cohen and Anthony T. Debenedet. The two fathers have co-authored "The Art of Roughhousing: Good Old-Fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It." Time.com (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Feldt urges women to tap into their power
    “I urge women to redefine power in their own minds as the power to accomplish good things in this world, power to thrive as an individual and the power to help others, to make life better for yourself, your kids, your community, your world," activist and former president of Planned Parenthood Gloria Feldt says in this interview. Feldt, a teenage mother who hailed from rural Texas, is working improve women’s lives through awareness and capacity building. BlogHer.com/One Woman's Eye blog (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How the Girl Scouts helps young women grow up to be entrepreneurs
    Most of the women in Congress and many women who own their own businesses were once Girl Scouts, writes Geri Stengel of Ventureneer.com. The Girl Scouts prepares women for a life of entrepreneurship because it encourages them to develop business skills through selling cookies, she writes. The organization also teaches girls to work together and set lofty goals, she writes. Inc. online/Women Without Ceilings (3/19) 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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