American women have made great strides in leadership in our lifetimes, climbing to positions of power once thought impossible. Four years ago, Hillary Clinton was a leading candidate for the Democratic nomination for President and even though she eventually lost to Barack Obama, she won more primaries and delegates than any other female candidate in American history. In 2007, Nancy Pelosi became the first woman Speaker of the House. Despite these great accomplishments, it might surprise you to know that the United States still ranks 90th in the world for women in national legislatures! 2012 was a record-setting year for female CEOs. Women executives now head 18 of the country’s biggest companies, but that’s out of a total of 500 companies ranked by Fortune. And, one in ten of those companies have no women serving on their boards. Pretty surprising, right?
The documentary “Miss Representation” is a fascinating look at how the media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in our country. Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, and Rosario Dawson are among the women who lend the their voices and experiences to the film along with dozens of other journalists, and activists.
JLS is hosting a screening of “Miss Representation” this month! Come check it out Jan. 31 at AMC Pacific Place. A reception starts at 6pm, the film starts at 6:30 and will be followed by a panel discussion. Ladies, this counts as a training credit!
Sign up here: https://www.jrleagueseattle.org/?nd=m_event_detail&event_id=1852&return_nd=m_home
One more interesting fact- the film’s director, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, is also nominated for an Oscar for best documentary feature for her current documentary “The Invisible War,” which looks at rape in the U.S. military.