Research is at the core of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Mount St. Mary's College. In 2013, Mount St. Mary's faculty and students began assisting the Institute's work by conducting research that spotlights how women and girls are portrayed in film, television and other media.
The first research project was conducted in the fall of 2013 by a team of 18 undergraduate research students, and led by Dr. Pam Haldeman, chair of Mount St. Mary's College's Film, Media & Communication program.
The "Fall 2013 Snapshot of New Television Programs" recorded real-time gender analysis of new, fall television programming on the major networks and on targeted cable channels. The research's primary focus was to assess how many females are featured in new programs, and what type of portrayals, occupations and physical characteristics those characters have.
Read the results from the "Fall 2013 Snapshot of New Television Programs."
In the spring of 2014, Mount St. Mary's faculty and students will research and analyze a new report on "Gender and Media: The Influence of Film and Television on Girls' Occupational Aspirations." Results will be posted here at the study's conclusion.
Current research project:
Past research results: