See Jane 2020 TV Report: Historic screen time & speaking times for female characters | Meet the women who launched music's Blackout Tuesday | Susan Lucci, AARP partner on nursing home COVID-19 standards
June 4, 2020
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#BlackLivesMatter: A note from Geena Davis and the Institute
We at the Institute stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and condemn racial injustice and police brutality in this country. As an organization, we are actively improving and expanding our racial justice lens and practices to all of our initiatives. Media is one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal to shift the cultural narrative, and we believe that entertainment and media has a responsibility as culture-makers to take an active and participatory role in advancing racial justice.
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Gender In Media
See Jane 2020 TV Report: Historic screen time & speaking times for female characters
We are thrilled to share the new Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media See Jane 2020 TV Report, which explores cultural equity and inclusion in popular children's TV shows from 2019.

In this year's report, we expanded our analysis to explore representations of characters across six dimensions: gender, race, LGBTQ+, disabilities, age and body size. We also include expert recommendations for interventions to improve representation. Take a look, and share widely with your community!
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Meet the women who launched music's Blackout Tuesday
(Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang, both professionals in the music industry, were moved to launch Blackout Tuesday, a movement that prompted the alliance of several big corporations such as Spotify, Apple Music and Interscope Geffen A&M to pause business as usual on June 2 and acknowledge the racial inequalities and injustices throughout the country. "To that end, it is the obligation of these entities to protect and empower the Black communities that have made them disproportionately wealthy in ways that are measurable and transparent," the initiative's website went on to proclaim.
Full Story: Forbes (6/2) 
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Susan Lucci, AARP partner on nursing home COVID-19 standards
Lucci (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
Actor Susan Lucci, whose 103-year-old mother resides in a Florida assisted living facility, is working with AARP to address the issues residents in such facilities are facing during the pandemic. Better access to remote visitations, appropriate protection gear for staff and transparency of information are among the standards for which Lucci and AARP are advocating.
Full Story: Harper's Bazaar (5/27) 
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Margaret Maughan, 91, was a legendary Paralympic athlete
Maughan lights The Paralympic Cauldron in 2012 (Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Margaret Maughan, a British Paralympic Games gold medalist in archery and swimming, passed away on May 20 at the age of 91. The wheelchair athlete was a big proponent of sports therapy and the Paralympics.
Full Story: The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (6/2) 
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Trends, Research & Insights
A recent diversity report from The New York Times shows the news organization is working toward closing its diversity gaps, with 51% of staff now being women, compared to 49% in 2018, and 32% of staff being people of color, up two percentage points from 2018. "As we do this essential work, we are committed to fostering a diverse staff that reflects the society we report on," states the report.
Full Story: MediaPost Communications (6/2) 
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AARP employment and Labor Department data show that women older than 55 face higher rates of unemployment in the current economic crisis, increasing from 3.3% to 15.5% in recent months. More care-giving responsibilities and extant stereotypes about older workers are factors affecting their employment.
Full Story: Forbes (6/1) 
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Ideas in Action
Kidscreen editor Megan Haynes has been moved to action toward racial equality and inclusion, setting out to broaden her organization's scope with more voices from the black community. She calls on allies in the kids industry to launch initiatives as well, citing a 2019 report from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which found that 74% of characters on screen are white.
Full Story: KidScreen (6/1) 
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Anishinaabe writer Ali Nahdee has created the three-question Aila test as a way to evaluate the portrayal of indigenous women in the entertainment industry. The criteria includes whether the character is a lead; is the character violently assaulted; and is the character romantically involved with a white man?
Full Story: The Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City) (5/24) 
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All the traditional models for doing things are collapsing ... It's a wide open door for people who are creative
to do what they need to do.
Ava DuVernay, film director, via Quotabelle
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