Free Film "Miss Representation" April 30, Noon-2 p.m., DAC

Free Film "Miss Representation" April 30, Noon-2 p.m., DAC

  • Date:Fri 30 May 2014
  • Time:12:00 PM

Miss RepresentationThis extraordinary film, written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, takes a look at how women are viewed in today's society.

Miss Representation uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see: how mainstream media contributes 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 herself.

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 woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader.

While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the U.S. is still: 

  • 90th in the world for women in national legislature
  • Only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media are held by women
  • 65% of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors

The films includes stories and interviews from teenage girls, politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, accumulating startling facts and statistics that leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.

Shown in the Diversity Achievement Center, Forum buidling F-220.