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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