The following post was contributed by Christina Shim, VP of Events.
On Tuesday, March 27, 2012, CWIB held a screening of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival world-renowned and eye-opening documentary ‘Miss Representation‘. Directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film explores how mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in influential positions in America and challenges the media’s limiting and often disparaging portrayals of women, even of those who are leaders in our country. This makes it difficult for the average girl to see herself as powerful.
Stories from teenagers and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, activists, and academics like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Lisa Ling, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem startled and angered the CWIB member audience as facts and statistics continued building throughout the film.
CWIB wanted to show the film to raise awareness to the student body and build media literacy education. Our hope was to create room for dialogue and have students discuss the film amongst themselves and with others down the line. The documentary was startling and glaring, but truly opened our eyes to the mainstream media world we currently live in.
To watch the Miss Representation trailer, click here.