A Film With a Mission: Miss Representation

The Statistics:

Women make up 51% of the US population, yet only 20% of the members of congress are women.

35 women have served as US Governors compared to 2,319 men.

Women hold only 5% of clout positions in telecommunications, entertainment, publishing and advertising.

US women earn $.77 to every $1.00 that a man earns.

More than 20% of teens in the US have sex before the age of 14.

53% of 13 year olds are unhappy with their bodies.  That number increases to 78% by the age of 17.

The US is the only major industrialized nation without paid family leave.

 

The Mission:

To shed light on how mainstream media contributes to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence in America.

 

The Method:

A 2011 American documentary titled Miss Representation.  The film is a collection of stories from teenage girls as well as interviews with women of influence.  The purpose is expose the media messages in our society that portray women as valuable for her youth, beauty and sexuality rather than her capacity as a leader.

 

The Writer, Director and Producer:

Jennifer Siebel Newsom – filmmaker, speaker, former actress and advocate for women and girls.

 

The Venue:

The film has been shown on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network.  It is also shown at various venues around the U.S. and internationally.  Check out the film’s website for a listing of screenings as well as a request for a screening.

Related Ventures for Women:

MissRepresentation.org, launched in 2011 to coincide with the film, offer tools to women and girls to help them reach their full potential.

Girls Club Entertainment, LLC is a film production company that Newsom founded and serves as Chief Executive Officer.  Its goal is to develop independent films that highlight remarkable women capable of changing the current culture for women.

The Invisible War, an award winning documentary that exposes the rape epidemic in the US military.

Do you agree that women are misrepresented in our society?

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