Geena Davis talks about a lack of females in TV and film

Mon Sep 20, 2010 7:11pm EDT
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By George Szalai

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Gender equality in TV shows and movies for young audiences is still a ways off, actress Geena Davis said Monday in an appearance at the Social Good Summit.

The Summit was organized by the 92nd Street Y and Mashable with the United Nations Foundation. The session was webcast.

"Boys do all the fun stuff, and girls are not there or hyper-sexualized," Davis said about typical gender patterns.

Female characters have been underrepresented 3:1 in (child-oriented) G-rated content for decades, she said in speaking about research that her Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media has collected.

The actress expressed hope to move the needle "even a little bit" in the next five years though.

"I don't know if we could get to 2:1," she said when asked about her target for the next five years. "Maybe 2.5:1."

She said a study showed that only 7 percent of kids movies were gender-balanced.

Especially movies, particularly animated ones, can take a long time to make, so any progress will take a while to materialize there, she highlighted.   Continued...