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Miss Representation Film Screening and Panel Program on March 26th

Miss Representation Film Screening and Panel Program on March 26th
by Hon. Helena Heath-Roland

The documentary film Miss Representation by Jennifer Siebel Newsom premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network.  The film explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. This critically acclaimed and compelling film exposes the far reaching impact of the media's negative portrayal of girls and women.

On Tuesday March 26th,  you are invited to join members of the bar and bench, educators, students, community leaders, and youth advocates, for a free screening of Miss Representation.  The film has sparked a “Call to Action” campaign (www.MissRepresentation.org) designed to provoke thought, conversation, and community action so that all individuals, regardless of gender or circumstance, can fulfill their full potential. There will be a pre-screening reception to be held at 6:00 p.m. in Bush Memorial Hall on the Russell Sage College campus (65 First Street, Troy, NY; corner of First and Congress Streets), followed by the film screening at 6:30 p.m. and a panel discussion at 8:00 p.m.

The panelists are Jennifer Bryan, Ph.D., an expert on gender and sexuality diversity issues in pre-K through 12 schools, Lori Caplan, Ph.D., Superintendent of the Watervliet City Schools, Penny Perkins, Assistant Professor of Communications at The Sage Colleges, Dr. Susan Scrimshaw, President of The Sage Colleges, and Bob Winchester, Niskayuna Board of Education member.  Hon. Helena Heath-Roland and Dr. Shealeen Meaney, Director of the Helen M. Upton Center for Women’s Studies at Russell Sage College, will serve as moderators for the discussion.

Negative media influences, when not questioned and countered with positive influences, are likely to stunt identity development in young girls and continue to affect the progress of women in society.  The panel will discuss how to build different aspirations for young women – and expectations among their male counterparts – by incorporating change not only in the academic curriculum, but also in the culture of a school.  For additional event information and to RSVP, please contact the Capital District Women’s Bar Association Diversity and Gender Fairness Committee at DGF@cdwba.org.  Thank you.

 






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