Geena Davis, Academy Award-winning Actor and Founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and Deborah Taylor Tate, former FCC Commissioner, today joined together to launch Healthy MEdia: Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls.
Joined by Commission members, media partners, and teenage Girl Scouts,
Davis and Tate launched the Commission saying: "We are proud to join
together to transform how we approach gender equality and images of
women and girls in the media. What children see affects their attitudes
toward male and female roles, as well as impacts the value they place
on girls and women in society. Working together, Healthy MEdia: Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls will lead the national conversation about how to ensure we are creating a positive media environment for all our children."
Recognizing the need for a national discussion on the topic, Healthy MEdia: Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls will:
- Host the national discussion on best practices to promote positive and balanced images of girls and women.
industry leaders, subject-matter experts, youth representatives, media
leadership, and the creative community to develop a blueprint on how to
create a positive media environment for kids.
- Produce concrete recommendations to media and policy leaders.
- Champion media leaders who are promoting positive content and balanced images of girls and women.
- Work to secure industry-wide, public commitments to take steps toward positive change.
Healthy MEdia is being launched by the Girl Scouts of the USA,
the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the National Cable
& Telecommunications Association (NCTA), and The Creative Coalition.
Commission Members include media industry leaders, subject matter
experts, youth representatives and the creative community.
Last October, Girl Scouts of the USA, NAB, NCTA and The
Creative Coalition hosted The Healthy Media for Youth Summit which began
the dialogue on how the industry and consumers can promote healthy
images of women and girls in the media. The summit brought together
experts to lead discussions on the many aspects of healthy images and
media literacy. Ms. Davis was joined by other Hollywood luminaries and members of The Creative Coalition including Emmy-Award winner Alfre Woodard, Steven Weber, Teri Polo, and Rachael Leigh Cook.
Davis, long-time advocate for women and girls, is the founder of the
nonprofit The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and its
programming arm See Jane, which engages film and
television creators to dramatically increase the percentages of female
characters. An award-winning actress, Davis received the 1989 Academy
Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "The Accidental
Tourist," and won the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an
Actress in a Television Series – Drama.
Tate was twice-nominated to the FCC by President George W. Bush
where she served until 2009. Presently, she is a Senior Fellow at both
the East West Institute and the Free State Foundation, and serves on
numerous national boards including Common Sense Media, Centerstone
Research Institute, Minority and Media Telecommunications Council and
Healthstream, Inc. She teaches and is affiliated with both Vanderbilt
and Lipscomb Universities. Tate was recognized for her work on child
online safety by the World Telecommunications and Information Society
Day Laureate and was recently appointed the ITU's Global Special Envoy
for child online activities.
About The Creative Coalition:
The Creative Coalition is the premiere 501(C)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan
social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment
community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative
community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating and
mobilizing its members on issues of public importance, particularly in
the areas of public education, arts advocacy and First Amendment rights.
About NCTA: NCTA is the principal trade association for the U.S. cable industry,
representing cable operators serving more than 90 percent of the
nation's cable television households and more than 200 cable program
networks. The cable industry is the nation's largest broadband provider
of high-speed Internet access, serving more than 41 million customers,
after investing more than $160 billion to build a two-way
interactive network with fiber optic technology. Cable companies also
provide state-of-the-art digital telephone service to more than 22
million American consumers.
About NAB (www.nab.org)
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy
association for America's broadcasters. NAB advances radio and
television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs.
Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to
best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new
opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at www.nab.org.
About The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media: The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and its programming arm See Jane
work with entertainment creators and companies, educate the next
generation of content-creators, and inform the public about the need to
increase the number of girls and women in media aimed at kids and to
reduce stereotyping of both males and females.
SOURCE Girl Scouts of the USA