Report shines spotlight on status of California women | Davis nominated to head California commission on women | Little progress seen for women in media, business, government
April 5, 2012
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Report shines spotlight on status of California women
California remains in need of persistent advocacy on issues such as gender gaps in math and science education and political participation, according to a new report from Mount St. Mary's College. The first of its kind, the study looked at employment, health, poverty, the media and other factors females in California have to manage in modern society. Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis, new chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women, called the report an "opportunity to shine the spotlight on the significant gender gaps that still exist in our society ... perhaps more than ever the need to advocate for women's empowerment is urgent." YouTube (4/2), Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (3/29), WebProNews (Lexington, Ky.) (4/2)
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Davis nominated to head California commission on women
Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis has been elected to lead the California Commission on the Status of Women. "It's not just an issue of gender equality it's also an economic issue. Addressing inequalities is good not only for women, but also for California as a whole," Davis said of the commission's work. The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (tiered subscription model)/CapitolAlert blog (3/29), (4/2)
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Little progress seen for women in media, business, government
Women have made little progress in the past 20 years in Hollywood, either on-screen or in important behind-the-scenes roles, said Alison Bernstein, head of the Institute for Women's Leadership, speaking this week at a Rutgers University seminar on gender and minority biases in the media and citing statistics collected from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Geraldine Laybourne, who said she created Oxygen Media to help tilt the scales in the other direction, added that women have accepted lesser roles because they are under-represented in boardrooms, politics and the media. The Daily Targum (Rutgers University) (4/4)
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Movie characters can change views on women
Certain female characters portrayed on film have altered the way society views women while simultaneously shaping the way individuals see themselves, says New York Film Critics Circle member Thelma Adams. Poppy in "Happy-Go-Lucky," as well as the lead characters from "Thelma & Louise" and "Annie Hall" all feature in Adams' top five list of influential movie characters. (4/2)
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Looking to predict how women will define their future
Progress toward economic power and better representation in leadership roles leads Forbes contributor Gloria Feldt to question what women of the future will look like. Feldt wonders what external influences will affect women and how they will strive to define themselves moving forward. Forbes (4/2)
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Program aims to foster future technology entrepreneurs
More than 500 high-school girls from across the country will participate in the Technovation Challenge this spring. The program is designed to give girls the knowledge and confidence to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors in the technology business. Forbes (4/2)
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An evening to benefit the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
Come spend a special evening with Geena Davis to benefit the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media's research, education and advocacy programs.The event is set for May 2 at the William Turner Gallery, Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, Calif. Register for tickets. Find out about sponsorship opportunities.
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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:
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