September 20, 2012, UT Law School, TNH 2.114 (Francis Auditorium) Austin, TX
Please join us for a screening of the award-winning documentary, MISS REPRESENTATION. We will gather at 5 pm for light refreshments and the moving screening will begin promptly at 6:o0.
SPONSORED BY: The Center for Women in Law, Texas Wall Street Women, and Multicultural Community Relations in the Office of Public Affairs, Rice University
COST: Free and open to the pubilc (Suggested donation for non-students of $15 to help offset food and beverages appreciated but not required.)
RSVP to Melissa Galusky at firstname.lastname@example.org 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!