"Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation (90 min; TV-14 DL) 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 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."
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