Women, Movies, and Media with Madeline Di Nonno

Episode 89: Women, Movies, and Media with Madeline Di Nonno

This guest is one for the ages. We sat down with The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, CEO, Madeline Di Nonno to discuss ways they’re encouraging television and other media to infuse intersectionality, diversity and inclusion in their content.

Founded in 2004 by Academy Award Winning Actor Geena Davis, the Institute is the only organization working collaboratively within the entertainment industry to engage, educate and influence the creation of gender-balanced onscreen portrayals, reducing harmful stereotypes and creating an abundance of unique female characters targeting children 11 and under. The nonprofit’s slogan is, If she can see it, she can be it.TM

I’ve been following Geena and her organization for quite some time. When I joined as a member to support the organization, I dreamed of having this episode’s guest on my podcast. What an interview!

A few highlights:

10:36: How the Institute was brought to fruition through Geena Davis’ realizations as an actress and mother.

13:47: What resources they’re developing to aid content creators in achieving gender equality from the developmental stage.

16:14: How director Dan Scanlon took heed to ensure that Monsters University realized 50% of female characters. 

23:26: Why there are not only a lower number of female characters, but they also speak and are on-screen far less than their male counterparts.

27:34: The importance of paying attention to what your kids watch.


Madeline Di Nonno

Geena Davis Institute

Ileana Musa


Sheri Fitts


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