Abington to host first area screening of 'Miss Representation'

Like drawing back a curtain to let light stream in, the documentary "Miss Representation" details a glaring reality we live with but might fail to see: how the media contributes to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence in America.

Penn State Abington invites the public to a screening and discussion with the film’s writer and director, Jennifer Siebel Newsom. According to Newsom, the message young people overwhelmingly receive from the media is that a woman’s value lies in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, not in her capacity as a leader.

Interviews with teenage girls as well as politicians, journalists and entertainers such as Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho and Rosario Dawson will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.

The 90-minute film, rated for children over age 14, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, in Room 112 Woodland Building at Penn State Abington. Admission is $5; free to students, faculty and staff. Register at a[email protected] or call 215-881-7800.

This program is a Women’s History Month event and part of the Abington Spring Lecture Series, sponsored by the Academic Environment Committee, Student Life and the Student Activity Fee.

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