Miss Representation

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Miss Representation
Miss Representation (2011).jpg
Directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Julie Costanzo
Written by Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Jessica Congdon
Claire Dietrich
Jenny Raskin
Music by Eric Holland
Cinematography Svetlana Cvetko
John Behrens
Ben Wolf
Norman Bonney
Nathan Levine-Heaney
Brad Seals
Boryana Alexandrova
Nicole Hirsch-Whitaker
Edited by Jessica Congdon
Girls' Club Entertainment
Release dates
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $750,000 (est.)

Miss Representation is a 2011 American documentary film written, directed, and produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom.[1][2] It explores how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in influential positions by circulating limited and often disparaging portrayals of women. The film premiered in the documentary competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.[3]


The film interweaves stories from teenage girls with provocative interviews, to give an inside look at the media and its message. The film’s motto, “You can't be what you can't see,” underscores an implicit message that young women need and want positive role models, and that the media has thus far neglected its unique opportunity to provide them. The film includes a social action campaign to address change in policy, education and call for socially responsible business.[4][5]


The film previewed on October 18, 2010, at an awards luncheon hosted by the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women.[6] The film premiered on January 22, 2011 at the Sundance Film Festival, and was followed by appearing at the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College in NYC in February.


The Oprah Winfrey Network acquired broadcast rights for the film following its premiere.[7]

Audience Award from[8]
Official Selection at[8]

Advocacy efforts[edit]

A call-to-action campaign grew out of the film that includes 1) a Twitter campaign to call out offensive media, 2) a crowd-sourced list of media that represent women and girls fairly, 3) a virtual internship program to recruit representatives, 4) guides for media representation conversation starters, 5) guides for electing females for political office, 6) weekly action alerts, 7) gender equality principles and 8) resources & tools for action.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Trailer of the day: "Miss Representation"". Salt Lake Tribune. December 10, 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Bigelow, Catherine (February 3, 2010). "Boaz Mazor pays a visit". San Francisco Chronicle. p. 2. Retrieved 29 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Martin, Paul. "Sundance 2011 - The Best of the Rest". Indie Movies Online. Retrieved 29 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Lauzen, Martha, PhD., The Celluloid Ceiling: Behind-The-Scenes Employment of Women in the Top 250 Films of 2009
  5. ^ Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics
  6. ^ "San Francisco Celebrates Woman's Human Rights". San Francisco Sentinel. October 17, 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "OWN Acquires Miss Representation for OWNs Documentary Film Club". February 10, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c http://therepresentationproject.org/films/miss-representation/
  9. ^ "2012 and 2013 Gracie Awards". thegracies.org. Retrieved 2012-10-28. 
  10. ^ http://therepresentationproject.org/take-action

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