Geena Davis talks gender disparity in visit to Brighton school

Geena Davis, left, with Madeline DiNonno of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media, and second grade teacher Louise Kuhlman at Winship Elementry School. ( David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo )
Geena Davis, left, with Madeline DiNonno of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media, and second grade teacher Louise Kuhlman at Winship Elementry School. ( David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo )

The second graders at Brighton’s Winship Elementary School weren’t born when Geena Davis was starring in such films as “Tootsie,” “The Accidental Tourist,” or “Thelma & Louise.” But that’s OK. The 57-year-old Oscar winner was there to talk about the future, not the past. The actress, who’s a native of Wareham and a graduate of BU, has a new cause: She’s trying to draw attention to gender disparity in the media programming aimed at children. To that end, Davis has teamed with the Independent Television Service to create a series of short videos titled “Guess Who?” that challenge kids’ assumptions about gender stereotypes.

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