Actor Geena Davis Comes to St. Louis for the Nine Network’s Public Media Initiative, Women and Girls Lead


St. Louis, MO—November 15, 2012—Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis will be in St. Louison November 28 and 29 to draw attention to Women and Girls Lead, a public media initiative of the Independent Television Service (ITVS), producer of the series Independent Lens, and the Nine Network of Public Media. Women and Girls Lead is designed to focus, educate and connect citizens worldwide in support of issues facing women and girls.Davis is on the leadership committee of Women and Girls Lead, and her Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media is a partner of the initiative.

Independent Lens, a series showcasing independent documentaries, airs Sunday evenings on Nine PBS. As part of Women and Girls Lead, Independent Lens offers a collection of films focusing on women who are working to transform their lives, their communities and the world. Upcoming documentaries representing the Women and Girls Lead initiative include Solar Mamas (November 18, 11:00 p.m.), about a Jordanian woman leaving home for the first time to attend college in India, and The Invisible War (spring 2013), about the epidemic of rape in theU.S. military. Films that are part of the Women and Girls Lead initiative are regularly featured in the Nine Network’s Community Cinema series at the History Museum.

While in St. Louis, Daviswill appear at an event for the Women’s Foundation of Greater Saint Louis. For more information, visit

About the Nine Network of Public Media

The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted public media organization creating a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most watched public television stations, Nine offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world, including the Nine Center for Public Engagement, Nine Academy,,, and four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine Kids). The Nine Network’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our mission of bringingSt. Louis together as we connect our region to the world and the world toSt. Louis.

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