January 7, 2014 > Miss Representation
Submitted By Shirley Gilbert
Have you ever thought about how American women are depicted in todayÕs society as you watch TV, read magazines and newspapers, and see pictures online?
Jennifer Siebel Newsom has given this a lot of thought and has created a documentary entitled Miss Representation that explores how women are portrayed in the mainstream media. Newsom is a filmmaker, speaker, former actress, and advocate for women, girls and their families. She is the wife of California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom.
While the film posits that young women need and want positive role models, they are shown in ads, movies, and online as sex symbols and fashionistas concerned primarily with looks. Men on the other hand are seen as thoughtful, intelligent, and successful in business and politics.
AAUW Fremont Branch invites Tri-City citizens to a special screening of this important documentary on Wednesday, January 15. The film features the stories of teenage girls along with interviews of well-known, successful women like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric and Rachel Maddow.
The filmÕs motto is: ÒYou canÕt be what you canÕt see.Ó WhatÕs meant by this is that young women need positive role models in order to take on influential positions that change society for the better.
Wednesday, Jan. 15
32100 Union Landing Blvd, Union City