To commemorate International Women’s Day, NUPSA is screening the multi-award-winning documentary Miss Representation.
Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Miss Representation exposes how mainstream media and culture contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in society. In a world where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message we receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her own agency or accomplishments. The film draws back a curtain to reveal a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see – how the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls makes it difficult for women to feel powerful and achieve positions of leadership.
Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics (like Katie Couric, Rosario Dawson, Gloria Steinem, Margaret Cho, Condoleezza Rice, Rachel Maddow and Nancy Pelosi) are accompanied by startling facts and statistics that will leave you shaken, but armed with a new perspective.
Afterwards, a panel of representatives will discuss some of the issues raised by the film, and then free pizza will be served.