Are Women Leading the Way In America? Documentary ‘Miss Representation’ Doesn’t Think So


In case you fine fierce women of America missed it, this documentary, titled ‘Miss Representation’ premiered on the Oprah Winfrey Network this past weekend. A film by Jennifer Siebel Newsom who is an actress, speaker, filmmaker and advocate for women, it  originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011.

The doco explores how the media’s inaccurate portrayals of women have led to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America.

For those interested in watching the full documentary, you can find a screening or even host your own screening if you missed the OWN premiere over the weekend. If you have no idea what I am talking about, watch this trailer to get a better idea what why this doco is so important, not only to women of America, but the rest of the world. Our fight is still going on.

The documentary features Condoleeeza Rice, Katie Couric, Journalist Lisa Ling, Comedian Margaret Cho, Jane Fonda and many high school girls who speak about about how the media is affecting them. Here are some powerful quotes from the trailer you might like to chew on in the meantime:

“The media is the message and the messenger, and increasingly a powerful one.” Pat Mitchell, CEO Paley Center for Media

“There is no appreciation for women intellectuals. It’s all about the body, not about the brain.” featured High School Student, Ariella.

“The fact that media are so derogatory to the most powerful women in the country, then what does it say about media’s ability to take any woman in America seriously?” Jennifer Pozer, author of ‘Reality Bites Back’

“As a culture women are brought up to be fundamentally insecure” Journalist Lisa Ling (wow that’s a scary and confronting thought…)

The message of this doco is focused on media and how it should be used to further the role of women. We have a lot to offer and plenty to say. Girls, if you are reading or watching this video thinking you want to change the status quo, then don’t be afraid to share your story and speak out.

If you have a passion for something then we truly hope you can seek the courage to take a stand. You never know what time happen and who might follow!

Watch the full documentary below: