Miss Representation, an award-winning documentary film, will be screened Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 7pm in the Glendale Public Library Auditorium. The program is sponsored by the Brand Associates, in cooperation with the City of Glendale Commission on the Status of Women and in recognition of Women’s History Month.
The 2011 film exposes how mainstream media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film and post screening discussion are free to the public. Those who have already seen the film are welcome to join for the discussion at approximately 8:30 pm.
An accompanying curriculum for educators of K-12 and college students is available through the City of Glendale Library, Arts and Culture Department as part of this program.
A few of the startling statistics brought to light in the film:
- Only 35 women have served as US governors compared to 2,319 men
- In 2011, only 11% of protagonists in films were female
- Women hold only 5% of power positions in telecommunications, entertainment, publishing, and advertising
- 53% of 13-year-old girls are unhappy with their bodies. That increases to 78% by age 17
The film includes interviews with politicians, entertainers, activists, academics, and journalists including: Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric and Geena Davis.
Dr. Caroline Heldman, a featured expert in the film, will lead a discussion following the screening. Dr. Heldman is the chair of the Politics Department at Occidental College. She is also a political commentator for MSNBC, Fox Business News, RT America, and Al Jazeera English. She co-edited the popular book, Rethinking Madame President: Is the US Ready for a Woman in the White House? (2007). For a full biography visit: Caroline.Heldman.wordpress.com.
The film is rated TV 14 and may not be suitable for all ages. Lean more about the film and nonprofit at The Representation Project.
Attendees receive 3 hours FREE parking across Harvard Street at The Market Place parking structure with validation at the library’s loan desk. The program is produced with the cooperation of City of Glendale Library, Arts, and Culture.