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Geena Davis talks of gender roles in media

Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis returns to Boston Tuesday to raise awareness of an issue she cares deeply about: gender disparity in media programming aimed at young children.

A Wareham native and Boston University alum, Davis, 57, made her mark playing strong, independently minded women in such films as “Thelma & Louise” and “A League of Their Own.” The mother of three, Davis, 57, founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to bring attention — and hard data — to this issue. In partnership with the Independent Television Service, the institute has created a series of short videos titled “Guess Who?” that challenge kids’ assumptions about gender stereotypes.

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