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
Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with
politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like
Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret
Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss
Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will
leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.