Geena Davis Visits SOC, Challenges Gender Stereotyping for Children

The Webster University community turned out to pack the East Academic Building Rooms 253/262 Nov. 29 for an Academy Award-winning actress. Geena Davis was on campus for the screening of a Webster University School of Communications-produced public service announcement around a project with her Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.

The PSA produced by School of Communications assistant professor Aaron AuBuchon and his video production class was one of five selected for the institute's “Guess Who?” video and curriculum series, which teaches young children to challenge gender stereotypes, showing men and women in nontraditional careers.

After the screening, Davis spoke to a standing-room-only crowd about the importance of the media presenting a more balanced view of gender equality and representation to children ages 11 and younger.