Geena Davis

"If you risk nothing, then you risk everything." - Geena DavisAlmost a decade ago, Geena Davis launched the Institute for Gender in Media to address the gender imbalance in TV programs and films aimed at children. The actor has appeared in several films with female lead characters but says it was Thelma & Louise that changed her life. “Forthe first time I realized how rare it is for women to come out of the cinema and feel excited and empowered by the female characters they saw,” she said in an interview with The Guardian.

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Maya Angelou

"Phenomenal woman; that's me." - Maya AngelouAuthor, poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Annie Johnson. Her older brother nicknamed her “Maya”, derived from “My” or “Mya Sister”. She had a tumultuous childhood, was the victim of child rape, and was mute for a period of five years. But as a child she also developed a love of literature and exceptional observation skills.

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