Women examine leadership with hard-hitting documentary

October 18 , 2011

London, ON – Always at the forefront of women’s leadership, Brescia University College and the Institute for Women in Leadership will feature a screening of a provocative, new documentary, Miss Representation, in a Sophia Series event at noon on Tuesday, October 18th.

As the most persuasive and pervasive force of communication in our culture, the media is educating another generation that a woman’s only significant contribution to society is her youth, beauty, and sexuality—and not in her capacity as a leader. Forbes magazine reports in 2010 only 2.4% of the U.S. Fortune 500 chief executives were female. The paradigm makes it difficult for women to obtain leadership positions and for girls to reach their full potential. Brescia, as Canada’s only women’s university, fights against that paradigm every day and in presenting this film to internal audiences and the public, offers up fresh insights about why women are still underrepresented.

Miss Representation, directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, explores how mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in influential positions in America and includes stories from teenagers and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, activists, and academics like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Lisa Ling, Rosario Dawson, and Gloria Steinem. The event will be a catalyst in building momentum for changing the status quo. Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.

Tuesday 18 October, 2011- Noon Miss Representation                       A Sophia Series event                     Free Admission and Parking

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For more information please contact Colleen Aguilar, Communications, Marketing & External Relations Officer, at 519.432.8353, ext. 28280 or caguila@uwo.ca.

Brescia University College, Canada’s premier women’s university college, is affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. The 1,100 women registered as either full or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred, and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more current and archived news, a listing of faculty experts, and photos please visit our Online Media Room at http://www.brescia.uwo.ca/media/index.html