Please join A Chance to Heal, Girls Rock Philly, University Community Collaborative of Philadelphia and FAAN Mail (Fostering Activism and Alternatives Now!) for a reception and group conversation following the screening of Miss Representation, a documentary film by Jennifer Siebel Newsom that explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. The film exposes how American youth are being sold the concept that women and girls’ value lies in their youth, beauty and sexuality.
Miss Representation uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, 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 United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media, and 65% of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors.
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.
The screening will be held, Thursday, February 2, 2012 in Tuttleman 101 – Temple University, 1210 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, Pa. The reception begins at 5:30pm followed by a screening at 6:30pm. A panel discussion will follow. Seats are limited. To RSVP, click here.
MissRepresentation.org, is a call-to-action campaign that seeks to empower women and girls to challenge limiting media labels in order to realize their potential.
Uniting individuals around a common, meaningful goal to spark millions of small actions that ultimately lead to a cross-generational movement to eradicate gender stereotypes and create lasting cultural and sociological change, the campaign ismaking a difference by:
- Using social media, women and girls are speaking out, telling their stories and influencing change. Men and boys are standing up to sexism, countering hyper-masculinity and championing women as leaders.
- Schools are using the Miss Representation‘s Curriculum to educate youth around media literacy and to inspire and activate students to make change.
- Communities are hosting screenings and discussions to shift the cultural mindset around gender and end sexism.
- Consumers are using their power to celebrate positive media and advertising, and challenge negative media and advertising.
For more information on the campaign, click, here.