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. 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.
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 the documentary accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.
The event runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. University of Pittsburgh Senior Lecturer Cynthia Louise Skrzycki will moderate a discussion panel with filmmaker and actor Melissa Martin, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Mackenzie Carpenter, and Westinghouse Electric Co. VP Meena Mutyala after the screening. Admission is free for students, $10 to pre-register, $15 at the door. Those interested can register at the WIFM website.