Screenings of the documentary “Miss Representation” will be held at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Christie Theatre, located in the University Union. UW-Green Bay Associate Professor of Human Development Christine Smith will speak following the 1 p.m. showing. The screenings are free and open to the public.
“Miss Representation” is a documentary film that explores how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The 90-minute film, written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, first premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, which is held annually in Utah, and aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Stories from teenage girls and interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics — including Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem — build momentum while the film highlights startling facts and statistics to draw attention to the issue. It says the United States ranks 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, that women hold only 3 percent of “clout” positions in mainstream media, and that 65 percent of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors.
The filmmaker’s goal to build awareness of the issue is further supplemented by curriculum made available to libraries, K-12 schools, universities and colleges. The curriculum features lessons about definitions, relevant concepts, reflection exercises and discussion questions. More information is available at www.missrepresentation.org.