Miss Representation is a 2011 American documentary film written, directed, and produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. This film portrays the struggles that women go through everyday. The film explores how mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in influential positions by circulating limited and often disparaging portrayals of women. The film premiered in the documentary category at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Not only does this film interview many powerful women in media (Jane Fonda, Rachel Maddow, Katie Couric), but it also gives these women a chance to tell their story and why their personal experiences have made them so passionate about better portraying women in media. Jennifer Newsom also uses this film to further her social action campaigns through The Representation Project that was started due to her frustration with how the under-representation of women in media is contributing to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. #RepresentHer is one of Newsom’s campaigns that is a branch of the Representation Project, which focuses on our lack of equality in the workplace. “We’re not guaranteed paid parental leave, universal pre-K, or equal pay – all of which contribute to the US ranking 28th globally on gender equality” (Representation Project).
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Women Film Critics Circle Awards
Best Theatrically Unreleased Movie by or About Women
Sundance Film Festival
Grand Jury Prize