The movie “Miss Representation” will be shown at The University of Findlay at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion, Malcolm Dining Room.
Co-sponsored by Findlay’s Social Work Club and Soroptimist group, the movie showing will be followed by a Soroptimist panel discussion. Cookies and drinks will be provided by Soroptimist at the event.
Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, “Miss Representation” 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.
According to the film’s website, “in a society where media is the most persuasive force in 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, not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, women hold only 3 percent of clout positions in mainstream media and 65 percent of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors.”
Soroptimist is a global women’s organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls by creating programs and assisting them with social and economic support. With more than 80,000 members in 120 countries, the Soroptimist goal is to provide women and girls with access to education in order to further expand their paths to self-determination.