Where the Girls Aren’t: Geena Davis Aims to Smash Stereotypes in Kids’ TV and Movies

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Where the Girls Aren’t: Geena Davis Aims to Smash Stereotypes in Kids’ TV and Movies Where the Girls Aren’t: Geena Davis Aims to Smash Stereotypes in Kids’ TV and Movies
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Where the Girls Aren’t: Geena Davis Aims to Smash Stereotypes in Kids’ TV and Movies

by Sarah Stankorb

November 27, 2012


Among her many credits, Geena Davis has played a professional baseball player, president, and housewife-turned-outlaw, Thelma. Her portrayals include steely-spined women who speak their minds. Yet when Davis became a mother and sat down with her toddler daughter, who is now ten, she noticed women were conspicuously absent. “Especially in G-rated movies, it seemed that there were far fewer female characters [compared] to male characters,” Davis told GOOD. She began asking other people if they’d noticed the imbalance and “most people either didn’t notice, or said, ‘No, no, no. That’s not true anymore. That’s all been fixed.’” 

See Jane is an effort premised on the idea that “if she can see it, she can be it.” If we are to look forward to men and women sharing spots around conference tables or legislative seats equally, it begins with how they picture themselves as children. To get there, says Davis, “It just seems to make sense to me that young children should be seeing boys and girls sharing the sandbox equally.” 

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