Christina Gears invited several of her friends, which included Crystal Ramirez-Scanio of the Irving Schools Foundation, Beth Bowman of the Irving Chamber, Vail Tolbert of the Four Seasons, Carol Little, Beth Galloway, Gail Nogle, Neha Kunte and Ragan Dennis, to attend the 27th Annual Dallas Women’s Foundation Luncheon. Here’s a recap of remarks by keynote speaker Geena Davis: –Geena Davis said she never liked being so tall and taking up so much space. But now she stands tall proudly–especially on behalf of women and girls. The Oscar and Golden Globe winner founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media in 2004 to reduce gender stereotyping in films and on television. She shared her passion for this cause at the 27th Annual Dallas Women’s Foundation Luncheon Wednesday at the Hilton Anatole. After a short video that gave guests glimpses of her roles as Dottie in A League of their Own, Thelma in Thelma and Louise and Muriel in The Accidental Tourist, Davis started talking about her journey into acting.  “I knew I wanted to act at age 3,” she said, adding that for some reason she had “an unshakable faith that I’d succeed.” After earning a degree in drama from Boston University, it took about three years before she got cast in a major film, which was Tootsie. She said she loved working with Dustin Hoffman, who was like a mentor to her. In A League of her Own, she realized she did have some athletic ability, even though the balls she hit in that film were actually “shot from a slingshot.” The film that had the most effect on her was Thelma and Louise. “It cemented my will to empower women,” she said. 

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