2013 Calgary Breakfast - Geena Davis

The 2013 Calgary Annual Breakfast featured Geena Davis, Academy Award winner and advocate for women and girls.  Over $620,000 was raised at this vital event.  These funds will help women in Canada move out of poverty by supporting life-changing programs designed especially for them. Through these unique programs, they can learn a skilled trade, start a small business, or get work experience.

While watching television with her two-year-old daughter, Geena Davis was shocked at the lack of female characters in children’s programs. She was galvanized into action.  Today, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media is the only research-based organization working within the media and entertainment industry regarding the portrayal of women and girls in children’s entertainment.

Few have achieved such remarkable success in as many different fields as Davis has: she is not only an Oscar and Golden Globe winning actor, but a world-class athlete (at one time the nation’s 13th-ranked archer), a member of the genius society Mensa, and is becoming recognized for her tireless advocacy of women and girls nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments. She is the founder of the non-profit 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 -- and reduce gender stereotyping -- in media made for children 11 and under.

Davis is also an appointee to the California Commission on the Status of Women, and is a partner with UN Women in the effort to change the way media represents women and girls worldwide.  She is currently the Special Envoy for Women and Girls in the field of technology for the United Nations.

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