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CWIL hosted a screening of the award-winning documentary MISS REPRESENTATION in the Francis Auditorium (TNH 2.114) on September 20. The evening began with light refreshments followed by the screening at 6 pm.

SPONSORED BY: The Center for Women in Law and Texas Wall Street Women

COST: Free and open to the public (Suggested donation of $15 to help offset food and beverages appreciated but not required.)

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.


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!


Center for Women in Law

Texas Wall Street Women

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