The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Mount St. Mary's College is creating a wealth of learning opportunities through new research, educational and advocacy programs based at the College.
Students assist in research projects that examine how women and girls are portrayed in the media. New areas of study illuminate issues that impact women’s livelihoods and wellbeing. Research results are used to help change how girls and women are reflected in film, television and other media.
"This is important because we're a women's college and we have women who aspire to a wide variety of careers," says Pam Haldeman, chair of the Mount’s Film, Media and Communication program. "Yet media is influencing what careers they choose. Not too many film programs look at media and filmmaking through a gender lens. It's very empowering for our students to be part of the Institute."
Founded by Academy Award-winning actor and advocate Geena Davis, the Institute's mission is to dramatically alter how girls and women are reflected in media, and to correct female portrayals and gender stereotypes in children's media and entertainment. The Institute has already amassed the largest body of research on gender prevalence in entertainment, which spans more than 20 years.
Davis is also chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. It was in that role that she began speaking annually at the public release of the Mount’s Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California©.
"In working with Mount St. Mary's, it became clear to me that our missions are thoroughly aligned where it comes to seeking equal opportunity for women in all fields," Davis says. "I'm excited to see what additional insights and progress this partnership will continue to generate."