On the same day Geena Davis accepted an award for her portrayal of a female President, ABC shelved Commander in Chief for the crucial May ratings sweeps – effectively making the White House drama a lame duck.
Still, Davis, 50, told PEOPLE she has hope for the series: “Naturally, I’m not happy about their pulling it off during sweeps. But the decision about whether it’s going to be renewed will not be made until the 13th of May. So until further notice, I am still the Commander in Chief.”
She added, “I think even if they tell me I’m not, I think I still will be. I’ll keep showing up to work even if it’s not there anymore.”
Davis’s award – for her portrayal of President Mackenzie Allen – was given to her at the United Nations by the White House Project, a nonprofit organization that promotes voting and political participation among women, with the goal of electing a female President.
“So many countries have had a female head of state before us,” Davis told the 500 guests at a dinner in the U.N. Delegates Dining Room on Tuesday night. “So it is certainly time.”
By Wednesday, Davis was in Washington, D.C., to call attention to gender stereotypes in children’s movies. At a press conference sponsored by Dad’s & Daughters’ See Jane Program (which Davis started in 2004), the actress said she first became concerned while watching shows with her 4-year-old daughter, Alizeh.
“I was stunned to see that the percentage of female characters was seemingly very low. There was a huge gender imbalance.”
A recent study confirmed that children’s movies have three male characters for every female character. “The results are pretty startling,” Davis said. “The world we’re presenting to boys and girls is saying that girls’ stories are less important, girls are less important, characters of color are less important.”