She's played a president on television and a feminist fugitive in the movies. Now Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis is stepping into a new role related to healthcare. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed Davis to the California Commission on the Status of Women. The nonpartisan agency advocates on behalf of women and girls on education, criminal justice and healthcare access issues such as reproductive choice.
The 54-year-old “Thelma and Louise” star is the founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and its I Want to See Jane program, which work to reduce gender stereotypes in media made for children under age 11. The commissioner appointment requires state Senate confirmation.