Today, USA Today gave major heroine Geena Davis (Thelma & Louise, A League of Their Own, The Long Kiss Goodnight) its second annual Hollywood Hero award. Davis was recognized for founding See Jane, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the varied roles of female characters in children's media. A laudable goal, I'd say.
See Jane also just helped to publish a study, "Now You See 'Em, Now You Don't" (warning: that's going to open a PDF) that looks as gender and racial disparity in children's television programming. I'd especially recommend taking a look at if you have kids yourself, as it includes a really interesting section on how to discuss gender and race on TV with the small ones. All in all, its excellent work and I salute Davis and her organization.