“Miss Representation” explores the under-representation of women in positions of influence in America and challenges the media’s limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman. The film persuasively demonstrates that media are educating yet another generation that a woman’s primary value lay in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, making it difficult for women to obtain leadership positions. In her deconstruction of the media and its message, director Newsom interweaves stories from teenage girls with provocative interviews from women such as Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Geena Davis, and Gloria Steinem. Variety calls “Miss Representation,” which debuted at Sundance, an “admirable work of media literacy education” and a “hard-hitting documentary study of rampant sexism in U.S. media and society.”
With a post-film discussion with Madeline Di Nonno, executive director of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; Anne Bader, adjunct professor in the School of Communications at Webster U.; Kathy Corley, professor of film/video at Webster U.; and James Scott, professor of English and film studies at St. Louis U.