The University of Texas at Austin   School of Law

Screening of MISS REPRESENTATION

October 19, 2011 UT Student Activity Center (Auditorium, Room 1.402) Austin, TX

Please join us for a screening of the award-winning documentary, MISS REPRESENTATION, for the UT Community at the UT Student Activity Center (Auditorium, Room 1.402) on October 19. We will gather at 6 pm for a brief reception (light food to be provided), followed by the moving screening at 6:30, and a brief discussion after the movie with UT professors.

SPONSORED BY:  Center for Women in Law, Women’s Law Caucus, Department of Sociology, Center for Women’s & Gender Studies, Women in Engineering Program, Graduate Women in Business, Gender and Sexuality Center, Psychology Department, and Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association

RSVP to Ashley Crooks at acrooks@law.utexas.edu or 512.232.1911

ABOUT THE MOVIE: Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film explores how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in influential positions in America and challenges the media’s limiting and often disparaging portrayals of women, which make it difficult for the average girl to see herself as powerful. 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 strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States still ranks 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, depression rates have doubled among teenage girls, and cosmetic surgery on minors has more than tripled in the last ten years. Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, academics, and activists 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.

FEATURED IN THE FILM: Caroline Heldman, PhD, Associate Professor of Political Science: Occidental College Condoleezza Rice, PhD, Former U.S. Secretary of State, Senior Fellow: Hoover Institution, Professor of Political Economy: Stanford University Dianne Feinstein, U. S. Senator, California Dolores Huerta, Activist & President, Dolores Huerta Foundation Geena Davis, Academy Award-winning Actor & Founder of See Jane Gloria Steinem, Feminist Organizer & Writer Jackson Katz, PhD, Educator, Filmmaker: Tough Guise Author, The Macho Paradox Jane Fonda, Academy Award-winning Actor & Activist Jean Kilbourne, EdD, Filmmaker: Killing Us Softly, Author & Senior Scholar: Wellesley Centers for Women Jennifer Pozner, Executive Director: Women in Media and News, Author: Reality Bites Back Katie Couric, Anchor: CBS Evening News Lisa Ling, Executive Producer & Host: OWN’s Our America M. Gigi Durham, PhD, Author: The Lolita Effect, Associate Professor of Journalism: University of Iowa Margaret Cho, Comedienne, Actor & Activist Martha Lauzen, PhD, Executive Director: Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film: San Diego State University Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Representative: California, Former Speaker of the House Pat Mitchell, President & CEO Paley Center for Media Rachel Maddow, Host: MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show Rosario Dawson, Activist & Actor: Rent, Seven Pounds …among many other incredible women and men of all walks of life!