Stephanie Hallett
Updated Apr 25, 2017 @ 12:52 pm
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Geena Davis attends the 'Marjorie Prime' Premiere at Eccles Center Theatre on January 23, 2017 in Park City, Utah.
Credit: C Flanigan/FilmMagic

Where to begin with the great Geena Davis: Champion of women in film; proponent of diversity onscreen and behind the camera; brilliant and timeless actress; all-around inspiration. Among her many admirable qualities, Davis has used her position in Hollywood to advocate for positive change and better representation for women and people of color in film and TV — and has had a decided impact.

From her research institute, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, to her iconic roles in Thelma and Louise and A League of Their Own, to her annual film festival — the Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) — which kicks off its third season on May 2nd in Bentonville, Arkansas (home of Walmart, one of the fest’s main sponsors) and showcases work by women and other under-represented groups, she’s what a true feminist looks like.