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February 21, 2013
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At Solve for X, Davis talks gender in media
Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis spoke about gender equality and her effort to improve the media portrayal of women and girls at Solve for X, which aims to help solve global problems. For some time now, female actors have faced narrow choices in the roles available to them in Hollywood, while children experienced limited exposure to female characters as role models, Davis said. YouTube (2/11)
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Independent films may pave way for more female Hollywood directors
On the independent film circuit, female directors are becoming more commonplace -- half of this year's entries in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category were director by women. Bringing a film to Sundance has already become a proven way to help women break into Hollywood directing, according to a 2010 USC Annenberg study, of the 4.4% of women who were behind the camera for top movie studio films over the past 11 years, 41.5% of these directors were backed by the Sundance Institute's programs or had films appear at the Sundance festival. The Atlantic online (2/21)
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Harvard examines why so few women are in the boardroom
A new class at Harvard Business School examines the low number of women on corporate boards with an emphasis on how to fix the problem. One strategy, says Boris Groysberg, the professor who created the class, is for women to establish more relationships with clients, sources, suppliers and others outside the organization for which they work. Bloomberg Businessweek/Getting In blog (2/14)
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Female business owners make their pitch in Women 2.0 competition
Ten women entrepreneurs participated in a pitch competition to attract attention from investors at a recent Women 2.0 conference. Angaza Design, a provider of solar energy to developing countries, took the top prize. Other entrants included Maker's Row, which helps designers and manufacturers connect, and Greengar Studios, which has developed a note-taking app. Inc. online (free registration) (2/15)
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Ideas in Action
One Billion Rising aims to stamp out violence against women, girls
Eliminating violence against women and girls around the world is a top priority for the One Billion Rising campaign. On Valentine's Day, several cities around the world played host to music rallies and dance performance to bring attention to this cause. The Huffington Post/The Blog (2/20), National Public Radio (2/15)
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Half the Sky Movement: The Game may foster social change
A Facebook game scheduled to be introduced next month will promote awareness of issues affecting women and girls, including child prostitution and female genital mutilation. The three-year undertaking, Half the Sky Movement: The Game, is based on a book and allows players to help a female character by donating virtual goods to nonprofits including the United Nations Foundation. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/17)
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Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media Founded by Academy Award®-winning actor Geena Davis, the Institute is the only research-based organization working with media and entertainment companies with cutting-edge research, education, and advocacy programs to dramatically improve how girls and women are reflected in media targeting children 11 and under. For more information visit: www.seejane.org.
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