For Immediate Release
Contact: David Jwanier, media relations associate, 610-740-3790

Cedar Crest Screens Miss Representation,
A Film about How Media Portrayals Limit Women

Allentown, Pa. (Oct. 24, 2011)—Cedar Crest College will host a free screening of Miss Representation, a powerful film exploring how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in influential positions in America, on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m. in Samuels Theatre. One faculty member said the movie is equal parts exciting, aggravating and enlightening.

“I was struck by the profound words of Marian Wright Edelman, the founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, in the film: “You can’t be what you can’t see. The roles for females in media are so narrow and few representations of women as leaders exist,” said Elizabeth R. Ortiz assistant professor of communication. “As an alumna and faculty member at Cedar Crest who shares the college’s mission in educating the next generation of women leaders, this statement was a call to arms and a reminder of how little the roles in media have progressed in the last decade despite women holding higher positions of power than ever before.”

Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film features stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics including Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem.

For information or to register (required), call 610-740-3791.

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