Miss Representation (film, 2011)


"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 ... 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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Advancing gender equality in media

In my opinion, the most effective strategy to achieve gender-sensitive media is:

Increased gender-awareness training of media professionals
Greater action by audiences to hold their media accountable
Stricter enforcement of gender-focussed media codes and policies
More female journalists, editors and media house managers


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