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October 20, 2011
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Working to create positive images of girls and women in media and entertainment

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  • How do you define healthy media?
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    In partnership the Girl Scouts of the USA and the Healthy MEdia Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls, we have launched a poll to help inform policymakers and the media and entertainment industry about the importance of healthy media. Your participation will assist in establishing a holistic definition of healthy media that could help form the basis of the Commission's recommendations to media and entertainment industry leaders. So, what are you waiting for? STAND UP and BE HEARD. Scroll down now to take our important poll in the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media News section below and share it with your friends. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • The unique perspective that "Women, War & Peace" offers
    Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis, participating in a recent panel discussion about PBS' five-part "Women, War & Peace" television series, said the films offer a view about women's roles in war that is rare to find as the media doesn't offer the female perspective very often. "We never get to look at these things through women's eyes. And it's been that way in the media since there's been media," Davis said. The University of California, Irvine (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "Miss Representation" premiers on OWN
    "Miss Representation" makes its official broadcast debut this evening on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, and advocates of gender equality in the media hope it has the intended impact: to change how women are depicted on the big and small screen. The movie's director, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, says her film has the potential to ignite a true movement toward elevating the female status in the media. "I think we can raise this next generation of kids valuing women and seeing all the possibilities they can be," said Siebel Newsom. Watch the film on OWN. (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Female director breaks into upper tier ranks with "Thor 2"
    "Monster" director Patty Jenkins has signed on to direct "Thor 2," which could turn out to be the largest movie budget placed in a female director's hands. The Marvel Studios' first "Thor" was budgeted at $150 million, and it's likely the sequel's budget will be much larger, notes one industry watcher, who says the studio's director decision represents a huge step for women in the movie industry. and Hollywood (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Why gender equality is an important mother-daughter topic
    The mother is typically the strongest role model in terms of influence in a girl's life, which is why women need to speak to girls about why gender equality is so important, says Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, a mother and ambassador of the Because I Am A Girl campaign sponsored by Plan Canada. "Some statistics show peer pressure and media influence the way people view the world and themselves. But, for young girls, self-esteem is actually more influenced by her mother's behavior," says Gregoire-Trudeau. (Canada) (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Ideas in Action 
  • The Art of Human Engagement Through Effective Storytelling
    Annenberg Alchemy Peer to Peer, a nonprofit celebration sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation, is gearing up for its third annual event on Tuesday, Oct. 25. The event will be hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis and George Lopez at L.A. Live's Nokia Club, and will spotlight speakers including Robert Gupta, Wallis Annenberg, Bobby Shriver and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Read the release. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media News 
  • How do you define "healthy" media for women and girls?
    Consider all types of media, including television, films, magazines, books, music, social media, video games, animation and advertising. Find out more about "healthy" media for women and girls from the Girl Scouts of the United States of America.
Characters portray confident women and girls who feel good about their bodies and themselves
Characters are positive, authentic role models
Characters portray women in a range of professions (police, CEOs, doctors, politicians, engineers)
Female and male characters are equally represented
All of the above

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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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