The Women's Fund of the Fond du Lac Area Foundation, Marian University, and Grande Cheese, are proud to host a showing of the 2011 documentary film, Miss Representation, in the Stayer Center at Marian University on Tuesday, May 7 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Complimentary light refreshments will be provided. There is no charge to attend this event.
The 90-minute film exposes the way that mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America.
The film made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival. It 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 or girl to feel powerful herself.
A trailer for the film can be viewed at www.missrepresentation.org. A facilitated discussion will immediately follow the film.
American teens spend an average of 10 hours and 45 minutes per day in media consumption, including TV, music, movies, magazines and online.
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 65 percent of U.S. women and girls have disordered eating problems, the U.S. is 90th in the world in terms of women in national legislatures; women hold only 3 percent of clout positions in mainstream media.
Miss Representation includes stories from teenage girls that will break your heart, along with provocative interviews with entertainers, journalists, politicians, activists and academics like Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Katie Couric, Nancy Pelosi, and Rosario Dawson.
The film offers startling facts and statistics that will leave audiences shaken and armed with a new perspective.
Women's Fund Board President Rae Nell Halbur said, "We feel that sharing information with the community about issues that keep women and girls from achieving their potential as individuals, and what can be done to change them, is an important part of our mission. Miss Representation particularly shows the damage media portrayals of women are causing to younger women and girls, as well as younger men. Anyone who counts a young person among the important people in their life should see this film."
Advance reservations are requested for food planning purposes. Call 921-2215 to register.
Walk-ins will be accommodated as space permits.