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30 Reasons Geena Davis Is The Role Model Every Young Girl Needs

"If she can see it, she can be it." - Geena Davis

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1. Ever since she was a little girl, Geena Davis knew in her heart that she wanted to be an actress

And nothing was gonna stop this little dynamite!

And nothing was gonna stop this little dynamite!

2. She studied theatre at Boston University

And when she graduated, she took life into her hands. You're lookin' at a girl with a plan!

And when she graduated, she took life into her hands. You're lookin' at a girl with a plan!

3. She moved to Soho, NYC and started a career as model among other things

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4. Eventually, she landed her first gig as April Page in Tootsie!

Her first gig and she has a speaking part!!

Her first gig and she has a speaking part!!

5. And that led to cameos in well-known television series

Some cameos include tv shows like:Family TiesKnight RiderRemmington SteeleFantasy Island

Some cameos include tv shows like:

Family Ties

Knight Rider

Remmington Steele

Fantasy Island

6. Geena's also been on a number of her own television shows!

Television shows which include:Buffalo BillSaraThe Geena Davis ShowCommander in Chief

Television shows which include:

Buffalo Bill

Sara

The Geena Davis Show

Commander in Chief

7. She's acted in a few small roles early on in her career

Like in Fletch, alongside Chevy Chase!

Like in Fletch, alongside Chevy Chase!

And in Transylvania 6-5000 along side Ed Begely Jr., and then-husband Jeff Goldblum <3

And in Transylvania 6-5000 along side Ed Begely Jr., and then-husband Jeff Goldblum <3

8. Which led leading roles in more well-known films

Like tragic love/horror story, The Fly with Jeff Goldblum

Like tragic love/horror story, The Fly with Jeff Goldblum

And hilarious Halloween staple, Beetlejuice!

And hilarious Halloween staple, Beetlejuice!

9. Geena went on to receive an Oscar for her work in The Accidental Tourist as quirky Muriel Pritchett

Based on the brilliant novel by Anne Tyler.

Based on the brilliant novel by Anne Tyler.

Look at that Oscar. So deserved.

Look at that Oscar. So deserved.

10. And as her acting career progressed, she decided it was time to take on more challenging roles. Roles that went through emotional changes.

She was tired of playing the damsel in distress, the housewife, and girlfriend who watches from the sidelines as her boyfriend got to do all the exciting stuff.  She wanted to play roles that would make a woman feel empowered as they left the movie theater…Like:Thelma &amp; LouiseA League of Their OwnCutthroat IslandThe Long Kiss Goodnight

She was tired of playing the damsel in distress, the housewife, and girlfriend who watches from the sidelines as her boyfriend got to do all the exciting stuff.

She wanted to play roles that would make a woman feel empowered as they left the movie theater…

Like:

Thelma & Louise

A League of Their Own

Cutthroat Island

The Long Kiss Goodnight

11. Let's be real, this woman has played it all. Geena's roles range from a gun-sliging outlaw...

Thelma Dickinson, Thelma &amp; Louise

Thelma Dickinson, Thelma & Louise

12. …To a baseball player for the worlds first All American Girls Pro-Baseball League...

Dottie Hinson, A League of Their Own

Dottie Hinson, A League of Their Own

13. …To a ruthless news reporter, who will do anything to get her story...

Gale Gayley, Hero

Gale Gayley, Hero

14. …To a Pirate Captain...

Captain Morgan, Cutthroat Island (which is a fabulous movie, despite some of the reviews. It&#x27;s honestly worth watching at least once!)

Captain Morgan, Cutthroat Island (which is a fabulous movie, despite some of the reviews. It's honestly worth watching at least once!)

15. …To a mother with amnesia who turns out to be an ingenious member of the CIA...

Samantha Caine, The Long Kiss Goodnight

Samantha Caine, The Long Kiss Goodnight

Charly Baltimore, The Long Kiss Goodnight

Charly Baltimore, The Long Kiss Goodnight

16. …To the first female president of the United freakin' States...

President Mackenzie Allen, Commander In Chief
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President Mackenzie Allen, Commander In Chief

17. ...To a pediatric surgeon as one of the newest members of the Grey’s Anatomy cast!

Dr. Herman, Grey&#x27;s Anatomy
ABC Adam Taylor

Dr. Herman, Grey's Anatomy

18. And not only has her acting career skyrocketed to incredible heights, she’s also done some other fabulous things with her time:

She&#x27;s a member of MENSA! Yeah, this lady&#x27;s incredibly smart.
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She's a member of MENSA! Yeah, this lady's incredibly smart.

19. She's an accomplished archer

She made it to the semi-finals of the 2000 Olympics!

She made it to the semi-finals of the 2000 Olympics!

20. And she also somehow found the time to be a loving mother of three children

Two twin sons and one daughter.

Two twin sons and one daughter.

21. But ya know, even with all of the success she's had throughout her life, Geena Davis says that she never really had a healthy self image until she was 36!

At 6 feet, she&#x27;s always felt too tall and lanky. She hasn&#x27;t ever felt coordinated, that is until she received praise about her athletic skills on the set of A League of Their Own.She&#x27;s living proof that even the most successful stars have issues with their bodies, but Geena Davis has found a way to conquer her self doubt!

At 6 feet, she's always felt too tall and lanky. She hasn't ever felt coordinated, that is until she received praise about her athletic skills on the set of A League of Their Own.

She's living proof that even the most successful stars have issues with their bodies, but Geena Davis has found a way to conquer her self doubt!

22. She's come to love sports more than she ever thought she would, and she's even contributed to the Women's Sports Foundation

She thought that if she felt that self conscious about sports, so many other girls must too!

She thought that if she felt that self conscious about sports, so many other girls must too!

23. And she's a HUGE advocate for women's rights

Huge.

Huge.

24. So huge, that she started The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

An organization that focuses on the gender imbalances in the media, especially media geared toward children. That&#x27;s so important.

An organization that focuses on the gender imbalances in the media, especially media geared toward children. That's so important.

25. The institute also has a program called See Jane

Go to www.seejane.org to learn about this awesome project!If she can see it, she can be it!That motto implies that if young girls see a plethora of opportunities for women on television and in movies, then they are more likely to grow up thinking that it&#x27;s possible for them to do amazing things too!

Go to www.seejane.org to learn about this awesome project!

If she can see it, she can be it!

That motto implies that if young girls see a plethora of opportunities for women on television and in movies, then they are more likely to grow up thinking that it's possible for them to do amazing things too!

26. Not only does Geena present her data to adults who can fix the problems...

27. …But she also works with children to teach them about the gender gaps in the media

30. All in all, Geena Davis is just a fabulous human being and an amazing role model for young women

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She used to be shy and scared, like us young girls...

...But now, since she's SO over that…

…She's free to be anything she wants to be!

And that&#x27;s what she&#x27;s trying to help us achieve!

And that's what she's trying to help us achieve!

And ya know what?

That's pretty damn cool.

Just like her.

Just like her.

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