Davis, a member of the genius society Mensa, has worked with the Women's Sports Foundation for over a decade, and supports Title IX and girls’ participation in sports. Although she took up the sport in 1997, Davis was one of only 32 women to qualify to compete in the 2000 Olympic Trials for archery. She attained the rank of thirteenth in the nation the following year.
A long-time advocate for women, Davis is becoming recognized for her tireless efforts on behalf of girls nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments. She is the founder of the non-profit The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and it’s 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.
Davis is a partner with UNIFEM in the effort to change the way media represents women and girls, to encourage media to present and investigate issues of grave importance to women and to use a “gender” lens when reporting.
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