Miss Representation (2011)

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Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.

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  • Condoleezza Rice in Miss Representation (2011)
  • Jennifer Siebel Newsom at an event for Miss Representation (2011)
  • Jennifer Siebel Newsom in Miss Representation (2011)
  • Geena Davis at an event for Miss Representation (2011)
  • Shari Frilot at an event for Miss Representation (2011)
  • Jennifer Siebel Newsom in Miss Representation (2011)

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  • Herself - President and CEO Paley Center for Media, Former President & CEO of PBS
  • Himself - Educator, Filmmaker Tough Guise, Author The Macho Paradox
    (as Jackson Katz PhD)
  • Himself - CEO Common Sense Media, Lawyer and Professor of Civil Rights, Stanford University
  • Herself - Vice President, Consumer Products Google
  • Herself - Filmmaker - Killing Us Softly, Author and Senior Scholar Wellesley Centers for Women
    (as Jean Kilbourne EdD)
  • Herself - Executive Director Women in Media & News, Author Reality Bites Back
  • Herself - Author The Lolita Effect, Associate Professor of Journalism, University of Iowa
  • Herself - Associate Professor of Political Science, Occidental College
    (as Caroline Heldman PhD)
  • Himself - Lieutenant Governor, California, Former Mayor of San Francisco
  • Herself - Feminist Organizer and Writer, Co-Founder Women's Media Center
  • Herself - Associate Professor of Government, Director Women in Politics Institute, American University
  • Himself - Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
  • Herself - Former U.S. Secretary of State, Senior Fellow Hoover Institution, Professor of Political Economy, Stanford University


Jennifer Siebel Newsom , Kimberlee Acquaro


Jacoba Atlas (consulting writer), Jessica Congdon, Claire Dietrich, Jenny Raskin (story consultant), Jennifer Siebel Newsom

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30 November 2014 | makhrinskyd
Honest, but could be understood under several lenses
While I agree that there is a huge disparity between the way that men and women are represented in the media, I believe that this documentary raises the right concerns without attempting to find a resolution. The resolution is not easy, and will not happen overnight but there should be more that women, and young women can do to improve depictions of themselves in mass media. On the other hand, this video places high stress on shattering media's depiction of beauty, while presenting women who are very obviously wearing a large amount of make up and are all on the thinner side of the body spectrum. I am not insisting that the women featured in this documentary should be bare faced or at an unhealthy size, but I do think that there should be a larger variety of women represented in the film because in this way they are still conforming to ideals that they themselves are attempting to break from.

From an educational perspective, it is important for young women aged 12+ to watch this film and understand that they have the power to change the portrayal of their gender in the media from "Politician Barbie" to politician by challenging criticism and taking it in stride. I am hoping to see a second part to this documentary in the coming years, perhaps with more testimonials from young women and media figures.

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