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geenadavis.jpg Geena Davis has a new leading role to add to her resume.

The Academy Award-winning actress has been elected to chair the California Commission on the Status of Women. The leadership decision was announced at an event at Mount St. Mary's College held to unveil a new report by the agency, which promotes equality and justice and advises lawmakers on issues that affect the state's female population.

"I am honored to lead the critical work of the Commission to improve the lives of all women and girls in California," Davis said in a statement announcing her new post. "It's not just an issue of gender equality; it's also an economic issue. Addressing inequalities is good not only for women, but also for California as a whole."

Davis, who founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, was appointed to the commission by fellow film star and then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010. Her new lead could be short lived, however. Gov. Jerry Brown called for eliminating the nonpartisan agency in his 2012-2013 budget proposal. His office says the move would save the state an estimated $270,000.

PHOTO CREDIT: Geena Davis in 2005 Associated Press/ Kathy Willens)


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