By: Jamie J. Hagen
If you’ve ever heard of the Bechdel test you have some idea of what sort of media representation women have when it comes to film. This video explains the test which basically requires two female characters talk to each other directly about something other than a man to pass. Almost all of the 2012 Oscar winners fail. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg when we look at media representation of women. MISS Representation explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. Check out the trailer for the film and read more about the film on Jezebel. The documentary Miss Representation, by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and aired on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
Following the screening there will be a panel including speakers form the Lower Eastside Girls Club, a group founded in 1996 to address the historic lack of services available to girls and young women on the Lower East Side, and Women in Children’s Media, an organization of women and men who are committed to creating and distributing thoughtful, entertaining media to children and young adults producing educational events, promoting professional development, and inspiring members to lead, innovate, and shape the future of children’s media.
Don’t miss the pre-event fundraising bake sale on March 10th! More info below.
About the event:
Seating begins @ 6:30 PM
Film begins @ 7:00 PM
Panel discussion follows the end of the screening, with:
* Reshma Saujani the Deputy Advocate for Special Initiatives at the Office of the New York City Public Advocate.
* Special Projects Coordinator from the Lower Eastside Girls Club
* Youth member of the LES Girls Club
* Vice President of Women in Children’s Media
On March 10th, there will be a bake sale starting at 11AM until whenever the goodies are done, and then a Climb-a-Thon starting at 7PM. Come by and support the women participating, as we are doing this fundraising day so that the community can watch the movie for free! All excess funds raised will go to the LES Girls Club!