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.
Official Selection, Oprah Winfrey Network Documentary Film Club
To gift an educational DVD to a school near you, please send an email to: Kristin Cooney.
The Educational DVD may only be purchased for use at accredited K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and libraries, and screenings must take place on campus (the rights are site-specific). If you or your organization falls outside of those categories (regardless of educational elements to your programs), please contact Jessica Lee at Miss Representation directly to obtain the rights for your screening.
If you would you like to invite Jennifer Siebel Newsom to be part of an event or screening at your school, please send an email to: Kristin Cooney.
Featured in the Film
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!
FAQs about the Miss Representation Educational DVD:
What Does The Educational Version Include?
The Miss Representation Educational DVD includes the feature film as well customized versions for K-3, 4-5, middle school, and high school audiences. A comprehensive Educator's Supplement is also included that features age appropriate film clips, definitions of relevant concepts, reflection exercises, discussion questions, in-class activities, and homework suggestions.
The modules are sequenced to build upon the outcomes of previous Lessons and teachers can incorporate the curriculum into existing instruction or build upon it for a dedicated media literacy class.
I Want To Show Miss Representation At My School/Classroom. How Can I Organize A Screening?
In order to host an educational screening of your own, all that you need to do is purchase a Miss Representation Educational DVD that also includes the public performance rights that you need in order to legally screen the film for a public audience. Unfortunately we are not able to lend, rent, or lease out the film for any educational screening. This version of the film, also known as the University edition, is $295 and includes the following:
1. Unlimited Public Performance Rights (meaning that you can host multiple screenings on your campus)
2. Feature-length version of the film (90 minutes)
3. Customized footage and modules for the following age groups:
1. High School
2. Middle School
3. 4-5th grade
4. K-3rd grade
4. Educator’s Supplement (80 pages)
*This is also the version to purchase if you wish to use the film in a university classroom setting.
This version can be purchased online through our website. Checks and purchase orders are also accepted, so if you would rather purchase using another method, please contact Kristin Cooney directly at Kristin@rocofilms.com or 415.332.6471 x204.
If you would ONLY like to use the film in a small K-12 classroom setting at one school, then you may purchase the educational DVD at the reduced price of $95 here.
This version includes everything listed above except the necessary licensing to use the film on a college campus and/or to host a larger school or community event.
What's The Difference Between The $295 And $95 Version?
In terms of content, there are no differences between the University and K-12 versions of the Educational DVD. The price difference is a result of the fact that the $295 version includes public performance rights necessary to use the film in a university classroom setting, for a screening on a college campus, and/or for any larger event planned on a K-12 campus that includes parents, faculty, the entire school, etc. The K-12 DVD is only to be used in a small K-12 classroom setting at one school.
Once I Purchase The DVD, How Long Will It Take To Receive It?
If you elect for Standard shipping, please allow three weeks to receive your DVD in the mail. You may also elect for Priority shipping when you make your purchase online, which brings the shipping time down to one week max. If you have a special circumstance regarding shipping, please contact Dana Clark directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415.332.6471 x205.