Newsletter

Stay up to date with the latest from MAKERS delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for new stories from trailblazing women, a big dose of inspiration, and exclusive MAKERS content.

Newsletter Confirmation

Thank you for joining! Please check your inbox for our special welcome letter
with exclusive updates from MAKERS.

MAKERS Moment

6 AM Every Day

6 AM Every Day

More From Geena

In this video

Tagged as

Geena Davis on figuring out life on set.

Geena's Biography

Taking aim Geena started doing archery at 41; she made it to the Olympic trials at 43.

Brainy Geena is a member of Mensa, an organization whose members have IQs in the top 2 percent of the world.

Domestically skilled, circumstantially "I don't want to make plain spaghetti but I'll make puffy pastry swans for you." 

Geena Davis has made a career of supporting groundbreaking female characters. She made her Hollywood debut in “Tootsie,” starring opposite Dustin Hoffman. Davis won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress in “The Accidental Tourist” and was nominated for Best Actress for her role in “Thelma & Louise.” She also starred as baseball player Dottie Hinson in “A League of Their Own.” More recently, she won a Golden Globe for her role as the first female President of the United States in ABC’s “Commander in Chief.”

 

 

While watching children’s entertainment with her young daughter, Davis was shocked at the lack of female characters. In 2007, she launched The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, a research-based organization focused on increasing the presence of female characters in media and reducing stereotyping. The Institute has gathered the largest body of research on gender prevalence in entertainment. Davis is an official partner of UN Women and serves as Special Envoy for Women and Girls in ICT for the UN’s International Telecommunication Union.

 

Related Videos

Andrea Jung
Andrea Jung
First Female CEO of AVON

A letter from Andrea Jung’s father sits on her desk at Avon, where she served as the cosmetic giant’s first female and longest-serving CEO. “Cultivate the absence...

Marie Wilson
Marie Wilson
Women's Activist

Marie Wilson is a women's activist dedicated to establishing women in leadership and power positions to create positive change. She founded and served as President of The White...

Sara Lamm
Sara Lamm
Documentary Filmmaker

Sara Lamm is a Los Angeles based filmmaker who has produced, directed and performed in a variety of multimedia performances, featuring audio collage, video and still photography. H...

Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin
Professor of Animal Science

Temple Grandin is world-famous for using insights gained from her autism to revolutionize the livestock industry. A professor at Colorado State for more than 20 years, Grandin is a...