Geena Davis speaks at Maine college's graduation

June 1, 2009 12:29:24 PM PDT
Actress Geena Davis says it's critical that young people see more women in movies and TV.

Addressing Bates College graduates in Lewiston, Maine, Davis says that "society can only benefit if women are at the table."

The founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media told the graduates on Sunday that studies show kids are seeing "a very unbalanced world," with three male characters for every one female.

The "Thelma and Louise" star was one of five speakers at Bates' commencement ceremony. She won an Oscar for best supporting actress in the 1988 movie, "The Accidental Tourist."

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