Thursday, July 12, 2012

Library and Youth Connect partner on screenings of "Miss Representation"

The Sewickley Public Library, in conjunction with Youth Connect, is delighted to announce two showings of Miss Representation, an award-winning documentary that confronts the insufficient, and often unfavorable, portrayals of females in the media. The film focuses on the detrimental effect these portrayals can have on the average woman’s ability to feel powerful or be respected in a position of power.

Please join us on August 2nd for a viewing and brief discussion. The viewings will be held at 11:00am and 6:00pm in the library’s Community Room. We encourage both youth and adults to participate. The film is rated TV-14.

According to the Miss Representation website, the film challenges modern media’s message that:

a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media, and 65% of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors.

Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information on Sewickley Public Library, including directions, log on to To learn more about Miss Representation, visit the film’s website