Miss Representation

I am still trying to figure out what I want this blog to be about but I came across a really great trailer someone posted on Facebook and it gave me a great idea for a new addition to the blog; a section on women’s issues. The trailer was for a new documentary called Miss Representation. It discusses how women are portrayed in the media and the effects that has on women in her professional and personal life. Here are a few startling statistics from the website:

  • Women hold only 3% of clout positions in the mainstream media (telecommunications, entertainment, publishing and advertising).
  • Women comprise 7% of directors and 13% of film writers in the top 250 grossing films.
  • The United States is 90th in the world in terms of women in national legislatures.
  • Women hold 17% of the seats in the House of Representatives (the equivalent body in Rwanda is 56.3% female).
  • Women are merely 3% of Fortune 500 CEOs.
  • About 25% of girls will experience teen dating violence.
  • 65% of American women and girls have an eating disorder.

These are not acceptable. On another woman’s Facebook I read about a woman who wanted to take the LSAT, but needed a longer break to pump her breast milk because she had an infant and the LSAC told her absolutely not. Women are given the great responsibtility of carrying a child and providing for him/her and no one takes that into consideration. Read more about the issue and see how you can help here.

For more information on the documentary Miss Representation visit their website here.

Watch the trailer:

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