Geena Davis to Discuss Role of Women in the Movies

September 12, 2011

Academy Award Winning Actor and Advocate To Speak As Part Of Distinguished Leaders Series, Sept. 15 

Academy Award winner and advocate Geena Davis has portrayed some of Hollywood’s most iconic roles in films such as Thelma & Louise and A League of Their Own and broke ground with her portrayal of the country’s first female president on television’s Commander in Chief. Her choice of such roles underscores her personal commitment to advocate for gender balance and against gender stereotyping in Hollywood, a commitment which now extends to her career outside of acting as well.
Geena Davis will discuss the her role in front and behind the camera with her non-profit See Jane, which works to improve the portrayals of women and girls in the media and on reducing gender stereotyping as part of the Distinguished Leaders Series at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. She will be interviewed on stage by Norean Sharpe, undergraduate dean of the school.
The Distinguished Leaders Series annually brings to Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business accomplished leaders who share their unique experiences with the school’s undergraduate and graduate students. The events are open to the public.
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, 4:30 p.m.
Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
37th & O Streets, NW
Rafik B. Hariri Building, Lohrfink Auditorium
Washington, D.C.
Media who are interested in covering the event should contact Teresa Mannix, director of media relations, at (202) 687-4080 or
Academy Award winner Geena Davis is one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, appearing in several roles that became cultural landmarks. She also is the founder of the non-profit 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.
Earning the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama, Davis broke ground in her portrayal of the first female President of the United States in ABC’s hit show Commander in Chief. In 1989, Davis received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the offbeat dog trainer Muriel Pritchett in The Accidental Tourist. She was again nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her performance in Thelma and Louise. Additionally, Davis received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her portrayal of baseball phenomenon Dottie Hinson in A League of Their Own.
Davis made her feature film debut starring opposite Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie. She went on to star in such films as The Fly, Beetlejuice, Earth Girls are Easy, Angie, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and Stuart Little.
Few have achieved such remarkable success in as many different fields as Davis: she is an Oscar and Golden Globe winning actor, 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.
Davis also is a former trustee of the Women’s Sports Foundation, serves on the Board of the White House Project, is an appointee to the California Commission on the Status of Women, and is an official partner of U.N. Women in their effort to change the way media represents women and girls worldwide. She holds honorary degrees from Boston University, Bates College, and New England College.
The other events in the fall series include:
About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 500 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit