It’s pretty obvious that Geena Davis is our favourite human. Why, you ask? Not only is she an innovative, award-winning actress but she is the head of the Geena Davis Institute of Gender in Media (the inspiration source of many of our posts!). Last week, the Thelma & Louise actress was part of the third Global Symposium on Gender in Media – and the first outside the US – where she delivered an impassioned speech on gender equality. So, what does this mean? Well, she’s our Reel Woman Of The Week, of course!
“Give female characters more to do, more to say, greater aspirations …give them more clothes. And don’t listen when people say [gender equality in Hollywood] has been fixed. We need to look to the numbers and make the sweeping changes that need to happen and make them now.Surely in the 21st Century we should be showing kids that boys and girls share the sandbox equally. Let’s not embed a negative image.We are unwittingly training generation after generation to see men and women as unequal. We need to dramatically change the way women are depicted to children aged 11 and under.I’d ask executives about gender inequality and to a person they would say ‘that’s been fixed’.There’s only 17% of women in crowd scenes. I can’t imagine why that is. Perhaps Hollywood writers think women don’t gather!”
Is this not enough? [The answer is no]
Take a look at some of our favourite videos featuring Geena and her wonderful words of wisdom!