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February 27, 2012 / Women Presidents' Organization

Geena Davis: Changing Gender Stereotypes in the Media

We’re excited to announce that Geena Davis will deliver a keynote address at 1pm on Thursday April 26 at the WPO’s 15th Annual Conference in Atlanta. Her address, A Conversation with Geena Davis, will shed light on the need to change gender stereotypes in the media.

The widely respected actor, known for her award-winning performances in films such as Thelma & Louise and The Accidental Tourist, has long been an ardent supporter of women. Her organization, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, works within the entertainment industry to dramatically alter how girls and women are reflected in media. After noticing the severe lack of female characters in children’s entertainment, she commissioned the largest ever research project on gender in film and television which revealed that there is only one female character for every three male characters in family films. In an effort to combat the gender-biased media landscape, her organization employs a three tiered approach through research, education, and advocacy.

The Academy Award winning actor is also a world-class athlete (at one time the nation’s 13th-ranked archer), a member of the genius society Mensa, and is an official partner of UN Women.

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