Geena Davis

Almost a decade ago, Geena Davis launched the Institute for Gender in Media to address the gender imbalance in TV programs and films aimed at children. The actor has appeared in several films with female lead characters but says it was Thelma & Louise that changed her life. “For the first time I realized how rare it is for women to come out of the cinema and feel excited and empowered by the female characters they saw,” she said in an interview with The Guardian.

My favorite movie featuring Davis is A League of Their Own, featuring other strong women including Rosie O’Donnell, Madonna, Ann Cusack and Tea Leoni.

She starred in the ABC television series Commander in Chief, in which she portrayed the first female President of the United States, a role which earned her a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series in 2006. Her work in the series was also nominated for an Emmy Award and a SAG Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series. In 2006, she was also awarded The Lucy Award for Innovation in Television by Women in Film.

"If you risk nothing, then you risk everything."

Davis is a smart and capable woman: actor, producer, writer, Mensa member. She is the mother of a daughter and twin sons and obviously a very busy woman, too. Besides her institute she tackles equality in sports opportunities with the Women's Sports Foundation campaign Geena Takes Aim.

In 2015, she launched The Bentonville (Arkansas) Film Festival which will highlight diversity in film, accepting films that prominently feature minorities and women in the cast and crew. She has said: “Until we show that women take up half the space, and do half the interesting things in the world, it’s going to be hard to make progress.”

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Read an interview in The Guardian: As soon as I hit 40, I fell off the cliff.

Geena Davis on Gender Equality on Film (video)

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