Telling it like it is: Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Geena Davis, and others discuss the high stakes of media’s misrepresentation of women.
Woman’s Way Red Lodge presents the highly-acclaimed documentary, Miss Representation at Vashon Theatre, Tuesday, October 15, 6 PM. The film uncovers, through stories, statistics and media clips, a glaring reality we live with every day but often fail to see: mainstream media’s narrow and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls.
Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Miss Representation exposes media’s connection to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film includes stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Geena Davis, and Gloria Steinem.
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, women still only make up 17% of Congress. Likewise, 67 countries have had a woman president, but the US is not among them. Even Cuba, China and Iraq have had more women in political leadership than the US.
Miss Representation lays out the stories and facts, using compelling interviews and shocking media clips to show why it is difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.
The screening is the kick off event for Red Lodge’s annual fall fund drive; a suggested donation of $5-$10 is requested at the door. Woman’s Way Red Lodge is a 501c3 not-for-profit. The screening is generously co-sponsored by Vashon Green Tech and Vashon Theatre. To watch the trailer for the film go to www.missrepresentation.org.