The Santa Cruz County School Boards Association, The Santa Cruz Education Foundation, and the Santa Cruz County Office of Education are hosting a special screening of the thought-provoking documentary “Miss Representation”. The event, now sold out is free for teachers, administrators, students, service providers and community members. This event is sold out, however, if you are interested in attending or hosting a screening of Miss Representation, please contact us.
Directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film explores how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in influential positions in America. The film 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.
Learn more about the film and organization here.
Santa Cruz Education Foundation, Women’s Crisis Defensa de Mujeres, City of Santa Cruz Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women, Santa Cruz Women’s Commission, Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Santa Cruz School Boards Association, UCSC Women’s Center