“She is a mother of three, stands six feet tall and almost made it to the 2000 Olympics as an Archer.”
Geena Davis is well recognized for her decades of work as a Hollywood actress, made famous by such films as Thelma and Louise, A League of Their Own and Beetlejuice. To say she is a warrior woman is an understatement. She is a mother of three, stands six feet tall and almost made it to the 2000 Olympics as an Archer. She has become a strong voice in the fight for accurate and strong media representation of women with her foundation See Jane, which embodies the philosophy of “If she can see it, she can be it.”
Davis’ goal with her organization is creating a research based platform that works to promote gender equality in entertainment. As a role model of feminism by having played some particularly strong female characters, most notably as Dottie in A League Of Their Own as the pitcher in the film based on the true story of the first female professional baseball league and as Thelma, the poster child of resistance of the patriarchal establishment, Davis has a unique position to impact change. She believes that when we see women and girls represented in media as strong and independent, their belief in what is possible for themselves begins to change.
Unfortunately, there are still huge inequities in Hollywood in terms of pay inequality, and far fewer roles for women than men as well as a staggeringly low percentage of women in behind the camera roles such as screenwriters and directors.
Fortunately, we are seeing more and more films, where girls are portrayed in a positive and powerful light. For younger kids. There are movies like Brave and Frozen. For tweens there is Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games and for teens there are young women like Amy Adams and Emma Stone who often portray self-empowered women in films like The Arrival and The Help. Moms can look to actresses like Meryl Streep in practically everything she does for a positive role model and girls of all ages will look forward to seeing Gal Gadot portray the ultimate in woman power, Wonder Woman!
Geena Davis’ mission is continuing to punch through the glass ceiling of stardom is a testament to her grace and strength and using her considerable gifts to help others and help girls to see themselves as empowered heroines in their own movie.