Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
Geena Davis’ Two Easy Steps to Make Hollywood Less Sexist “We are in effect enculturating kids from the very beginning to see women and girls as not taking up half of the space." Read Geena's guest column in
The Hollywood Reporter
Watch Our Video Check out our new
infographic-style PSA.
Watch It.
Share it.
Help spread the word.
Please Help Jane With your help,
if she can see it,
she can be it.
Your donation will further our research efforts and fund continuing curriculum development for young children. DONATE NOW
"
They have made great strides to change the landscape of media and programming to reflect a more accurate, gender balanced, diverse portrayal of society.
"
– Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment
"
Kids need to see entertainment where females are valued as much as males.
"
– GEENA DAVIS
In family films, there’s only 1 female character for every 3 male characters. For a well-balanced adventure, just add girls.
"
As L.A.'s only women's university, we are thrilled to partner with Geena Davis to create research that influences opportunities for women in media.
"
– Ann McElaney-Johnson, president of Mount St. Mary's University
"
No one has done more to bring strong, complex and truly inspirational female characters to both large and small screens.
"
– Wallis Annenberg,
Chairman of the Board, President
and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation

Gender in Media News

news-geena-davis-institute-selected-as-one-nonprofit-to-receive-cannes-lions-proceeds
June 25, 2015 Geena Davis Institute selected as one nonprofit to receive Cannes Lions proceeds

The Cannes Lions festival had a new award this year called “Glass Lion: The Lion for Change” that celebrates campaigns that highlight gender inequality and the Cannes Lions plans to donate all proceeds from the entry fees and put them back into a program that promotes and enables the creation of a more gender-neutral media landscape. The Geena Davis Institute has been selected as one of the nonprofits who can be awarded up to 87,000 Euros! If you are attending the event, please vote for us as it’s only open to those of you attending the conference. Read More…

news-womens-foundation-yougov-polls-hk-women-on-the-media-portrayal-of-women
June 25, 2015 The Women’s Foundation / YouGov Polls HK Women on the Media Portrayal of Women

The Women’s Foundation, one of Hong Kong’s leading NGOs dedicated to the advancement of women, recently conducted a representative Hong Kong survey to examine how the portrayal of women in the media affects women and girls’ behaviour and self-esteem. The study found 57% of Hong Kong women believe that the media portrays women negatively, addressing the potential correlation between media exposure, societal perceptions and gender stereotypes. Read More…

news-geena-davis-institute-on-gender-in-media-london-film-festival-team-up
June 23, 2015 Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, London Film Festival Team up

The BFI London Film Festival on Tuesday unveiled a collaboration with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and Women in Film and Television. The festival will host the Institute’s first Global Symposium on Gender in Media outside the U.S. on Oct. 8, the day after the festival opens with Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette. Geena Davis will deliver the opening keynote at the symposium, which will be held at London’s BFI Southbank. Read More…

news-gender-imbalance-in-the-film-industry
June 23, 2015 Gender Imbalance in the Film Industry

Geena Davis and Pat Mitchell discuss gender imbalance in the film industry on National TV Discussion Show in Iceland! Their interview starts at 7:20 in English. Watch Video…

news-celluloid-ceilings-women-directors-speak-out
June 20, 2015 Celluloid Ceilings: Women Directors Speak Out

ven though women make up 51 percent of the U.S. population, only about 4 percent of movies are directed by women. Of the 220 TV shows, representing about 3500 total episodes, only 14 percent were directed by women. Bloomberg interviewed several female directors in Hollywood, from Oscar winners to the director of “Twilight” to explore the various forms of sexism and discrimination they have faced in Hollywood, and what they are trying to do to change things. Watch Video…

news-geena-davis-headshot-2014
June 19, 2015 How does Hollywood depict women in war movies?

A recent study by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media showed that globally, there are 2.24 male characters for every one female character in movies. Not great news for gender equity advocates. But neither are the stereotypical roles women are often asked to play in movies. For our Teach Her series, we took a look back through some classic and not-so-classic war movies to see what roles women tend to play. Turns out, there are about four. And they’re pretty predictable. Read More…

news-a-woman-will-appear-on-redesigned-10-bill-in-2020-who-will-it-be
June 19, 2015 A woman will appear on redesigned $10 bill in 2020. Who will it be?

Will it be Susan B. Anthony or Harriet Tubman? Eleanor Roosevelt or Rosa Parks? Or another important woman from American history? These will be among the names the nation ponders after the Obama administration’s announcement late Wednesday that a woman will be featured on the $10 bill, the first time in well over a century that a female portrait will grace the United States’ paper money. Read More…

news-rose-mcgowan-is-going-behind-the-camera-and-intends-to-stay-there-for-good
June 19, 2015 Rose Mcgowan Is Going Behind the Camera and Intends to Stay There for Good

As her debut short-film Dawn, is set to be released on June 21st on YouTube we met with Rose McGowan and discussed her new vocation as a film director, the story behind her upcoming first feature film The Pines, and her escape from Hollywood’s status quo of misogyny. And as it turns out, her new professional journey is far more personal than one could imagine. Read More..

news-geena-davis-headshot-2014
June 18, 2015 “The Next MacGyver” Top 12 signature event

“The Next MacGyver” competition finalists will present their concepts for New TV series featuring female engineers at the Special Live Pitch Event. The USC Viterbi School of Engineering and National Academy of Engineering will announce winners of the global contest on July 28 co-presented and hosted by The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles. There will be an array of judges, including our very own Madeline Di Nonno, CEO of Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Read More…

news-hollywood-sets-up-its-lady-superheroes-to-fail
June 15, 2015 Hollywood Sets Up Its Lady Superheroes to Fail

FEMALE SUPERHEROES IN lead roles just don’t work. Isn’t that what we’ve been told? Leaked emails from the CEOs of Marvel and Sony have called female-led superhero films disasters. Why is that? According to a exit polls, 40 percent of the Avengers: Age of Ultron audience was female, and similar stats have been published for other super-powered films. This proves (to those who didn’t already know) that there are women superhero fans. So why do we not get leads of our own gender? Read More…

Browse News Archive...
You have the power to change the
face of children's programming.

With your help, if she can see it, she can be it.

Your donation will further our research efforts and
fund continuing curriculum development for young children.

One-time Donation to Help Jane
Monthly Donation to Help Jane

Do you have questions about the institute? Please contact us.