Geena Davis Battles Gender Stereotypes

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ASK, RECEIVE Academy Award-winner Geena "Don't Call Me An Actress" Davis will be the featured speaker Wednesday at the Women's Foundation of Greater St. Louis' program "Making a Difference: Women, Girls and the Media." The reception begins at 5 p.m. at the St. Louis Frontenac Hilton, 1335 South Lindbergh Blvd. For information, call 314-780-3956 or go to www.wfstl.org.

Davis, who founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and works to increase female representation on screen and reduce negative stereotypes, is serious about her duties. After this item originally ran online in which Davis was called an "actress" Davis' people called the foundation's people, who called our people (me), and asked that we not refer to Davis as an actress.

Fair enough.

Davis won a best supporting actor Oscar in 1989 for "The Accidental Tourist." (As did Dustin Hoffman, for "Rain Man.") She also was nominated for an Oscar for "Thelma & Louise" and for a Golden Globe for "A League of Their Own." At the program, Ellen Sherberg will receive the foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award. Sherberg is the publisher of the St. Louis Business Journal and serves on the boards of numerous civic organizations.

FUEL, MEET FIRE STL aldermanic President Lewis Reed attended a meeting Monday night at the Club Big Mo's on Tower Grove Avenue. Among those attending the get-together was Demietris "Al" Alfred, who will take over in January as head of Local 73 of the International Association of Firefighters union.

While praising city police and firefighters, Reed said: "And the firemen, the firemen in the county don't really fight fires. They get a call and watch the building burn. Now they make sure nothing else catches fire, but they don't go in the building."

Reed, who is challenging incumbent Mayor Francis G. Slay in the upcoming March municipal primaries, said he was not criticizing county firefighters' dedication but merely pointing out the different strategies adopted by the respective departments.

"The city has adopted a more aggressive approach to fighting fires, and we tend to have the (manpower) to do that," Reed said. …