March 23 – Women in Leadership

Saturday, 23 March 2013, 2-4 PM. SVC Phillip Tarro Theatre

Miss Representation film screening with multi-generational panel of women to follow.

Confirmed panel members: Mayor Jill Boudreau (Mount Vernon mayor), Rep. Kris Lytton (representing the state’s 40th LD), Claudia Avendaño Palomera (MVHS grad, MSW, Board of Community Action and on their Latino/a Advisory Council), Felisha Palomera (MVHS 2012 grad, attending UW, considering law), Cathy Lehman (Bellingham City Council), Patricia Paul (lawyer who is an Alaska Native, Inupiat.)

Both women and Latinas in our Skagit community are under-represented in leadership roles, hence the inclusion of Latinas.

Here’s a link to the Skagit Valley Herald article: Panel Urges Women to Seek Office  reporting on this great event.

Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation (90 min; TV-14 DL) uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film 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.

In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is 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.


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