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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
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Gender in Media News

July 21, 2016 TV Actors Rarely Have Conditions They Portray, Report Finds

A new study by the Ruderman Family Foundation revealed that, despite those with disabilities representing nearly 20 percent of the country’s population, about 95 percent of characters with disabilities on television are played by able-bodied actors. Surveying hundreds of actors with visible and non-visible disabilities, they found that a plurality of actors with disabilities worked less than once a year and were repeatedly subjected to negative stigma and preconceived biases by casting agents and producers. Read More…

July 21, 2016 Actress Patricia Clarkson Talks About The Importance Of Seeing Women Of A Certain Age In Film

For a long time it has been very easy to see the massive difference in the way sexuality is defined by older men vs older women on screen. Men like Jack Nicholson, George Clooney, Pierce Brosnan, and Tom Hanks never seem to lose their sensual appeal, but look at women of the same age and you are more likely to see them in non-sexual roles like the mother, the secretary, the housewife, etc. The other insidious trend is where female partners of men are never the same age, always younger. It’s as if being the same age as a man onscreen is considered “too old”, as Maggie Gyllenhaal pointed out about an experience she once had. Read More…

July 21, 2016 Margot Robbie to Star in, Produce Thriller ‘Bad Monkeys’

Universal Pictures is hitching a ride on Margot Robbie’s rising stardom. In a move just weeks before the actress stars in Suicide Squad, Universal has optioned the rights to Bad Monkeys, a novel by Matt Ruff, to act as a Robbie vehicle. Read More…

July 20, 2016 ArcLight to Present Second Annual Women in Entertainment Summit

ArcLight Cinemas will present the second annual Women in Entertainment Summit, hosted by ArcLight’s executive vp Gretchen McCourt, on Nov. 10 at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. Scheduled participants include: Geena Davis, founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Read More…

July 20, 2016 23 Reminders That Representation Is Everything

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July 19, 2016 Ithaca College campaign encourages students to look beyond beauty stereotypes

That’s a message Schultz and her Ithaca College classmates learned this year in their IC Beyond Body campaign, which is encouraging college students to look beyond media-driven beauty stereotypes and focus on inner characteristics, such as intelligence, creativity and skill. The campaign also asks others to use language that highlights these attributes over physical image. (The “IC” stands for Ithaca College but is also an acronym for “I see.”) Read More…

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July 18, 2016 Kyra Sedgwick To Direct, Kevin Bacon To Star In ‘Story Of A Girl’ Lifetime Movie

The Closer star Kyra Sedgwick will make her directorial debut with Lifetime movie Story Of A Girl, based on the novel by Sara Zarr, with The Following alum and her husband Kevin Bacon set to star. Production begins this September in Vancouver for a 2017 debut on Lifetime following the film’s festival run. Read More…

July 18, 2016 Lifetime & WFTV UK Unveil Short Film Competition

Lifetime and Women in Film & TV UK (WFTV UK) are launching a short film competition that recognizes the work of women behind the camera, as part of A+E Networks’s Broad Focus initiative. All entries will be judged by a panel of experts from across the film and television industries, including award-winning filmmaker Gurinder Chadha, actress and TV presenter Michelle Collins, WFTV chair and producer Cassandra Sigsgaard, writer and director Destiny Ekaragha and Heather Jones of A+E Networks UK. Read More…

July 18, 2016 Gal Gadot on Why ‘Wonder Woman’ Needed a Female Director: It’s a ‘Different Experience’

Many have decried the lack of women directing Hollywood blockbusters in general, but for “Wonder Woman” in particular, it was especially “important” to have a woman at the helm, said star Gal Gadot. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Gadot explained her experience with director Patty Jenkins on the set of “Wonder Woman,” which just recently wrapped shooting. Read More…

July 12, 2016 Geena Davis and a male director aren’t the problem THIS is…

Alicia Malone, Miri Jedeikin, and Roth Cornet unpack the fact that there’s a male director behind the Davis-produced film about gender inequality, and the real cause for concern in this story. Read More…

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