2012 – 2013 Miss Representation

Sponsored by:

Girls on the Run

Project Champion:

Mary Fauth
mary@girlsontherunwrv.org

What are the appropriate grade levels:

9 to 12

Is there a limit to the number of participants:

No

Is there an opportunity for community service:

Yes – 2 to 20 hours

Is this a new or existing project:

This is an existing project.

Estimated project cost:

0

Summary

Description

The project centers around the screening of “Miss Representation.” A film written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Miss Representation exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.

Miss Representation includes stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics like Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Jackson Katz, Jean Kilbourne, and Gloria Steinem. The film offers startling facts and statistics that will leave audiences shaken and armed with a new perspective.

Students will participate in the development and implementation of a high school focused panel presentation prior to the film screening. The purpose of the panel will be to explore the current level of education and understanding about the topic among students, as well as encourage teens to attend the filming and bring their family and friends.

One student will participate in the community event’s post-screening panel to discuss these issues from a student’s point of view. The overall goal of the post-screening panel discussion is to help generate community and individual solutions, and offer up the Girls on the Run middle school program as one solution to support and get involved with.

Following the community screening students will create a media asset of the high school panel, the community film screening, and the post-screen panel discussion. The media asset will include interviews with local community members and fellow students on their current views on how women are represented in media. Our hopes is that as a result of the community screening of the film, the students will be able to capture and document a change in attitude or understanding of the issues. Also we hope they personally gain an understanding how programs like Girls on the Run play a pivotal role in creating positive self image for girls, and for boys how the media they consume can shape view of the role girls and women play in society and in relationship.

Following the community screening students will create a blog where the media asset can live and a continued conversation can act as a catalyst for action based solutions, including the growth of the middle school Girls on Track program and high school involvement in mentoring these younger students. Students will also share the video with middle school classes to help educate the younger students and role model how these media driven messages can be combated.

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Classrooms who have adopted this project

Wood River High School
9th to 12th
Julie Carney
7 students


Silver Creek High School
9th to 12th
Julie Carney
6 students


2012