Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation (90 minutes) uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful her self.
In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a women’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, and women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media.
Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.
Please join Miller College and the Battle Creek AAUW Branch for a free event for men and women of all ages on March 20, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Davidson Theater, room 202, on Kellogg Community College’s campus at 450 North Avenue, Battle Creek. For more information, please contact Jenny Andrews, Executive Director of Community Relations for Miller College at 269-660-8021, ext. 2921 or via email to ude.egellocrellim@jswerdna. For more information on the film and to see the film’s trailer, please visit www.missrepresentation.org.