Miss Representation Is Crystal Clear With Its Message 

A blistering, bipartisan look at media portrayals of women in power

Ask toddlers if they would like to be president and most say, "Yes." Ask them again 10 years later and researchers say a larger group of boys continue to say, "Yes" while more girls say, "No."

Dozens of studies routinely point to a gender gap in positions of power and influence in America. While women represent 51 percent of the U.S. population, a mere 17 percent of the U.S. Congress is female. Simply put, you can't be what you can't see.

Miss Representation, a fast-paced documentary that wowed attendees at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, lays a lion's share of the blame at the feet of mainstream media, which stokes the fires of sexually offensive portrayals of women and focuses on youth and sexuality rather than talent or ideas.

Producer-director Jennifer Siebel Newsom will bring her film to Boise's Egyptian Theatre, Monday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. The screening is hosted by Boise State's College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs and Go Lead Idaho, which is committed to increasing female engagement in leadership and civic participation.

"Media helps create the consciousness," says Oscar winner Jane Fonda in the film. "And if what is being put out there through the media is determined by men, then we're not going to make any progress."

Fonda is joined by Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow and Condoleezza Rice in Miss Representation, offering a bipartisan but blistering indictment of mainstream portrayals of women.

The screening is FREE and open to the public, but because of limited seating, attendees are encouraged to register at goleadidiaho.org.

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