Geena Davis says ‘we are unwittingly training kids to have unconscious bias’ at ACMI’s Goddess talk

Academy Award winner and ambassador Geena Davis has delivered the keynote address at ACMI's Goddess exhibition.

For Geena Davis, the two-time Academy Award-winning actress and founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, equality begins at home.

Speaking today in an exclusive keynote speech at ACMI’s Being Seen on Screen: The Importance of Representation conference, Davis recalled taking her then-toddler to a video store (back when those still existed), and lamenting that everything they watched together had only one to two, or maybe even no female characters. And if that wasn’t bad enough, if the protagonists had mothers, they almost always died.

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Silvi Vann-Wall is a journalist, podcaster, and filmmaker. They joined ScreenHub as Film Content Lead in 2022. Twitter: @SilviReports