May 7, 2014
WHAT: Miss Representation FREE film screening and panel discussion
WHEN: Wednesday, May 8, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Mint Hill Town Hall
4430 Mint Hill Village Lane, Mint Hill, NC 28227 (directions)
WHO: Brandy Stephens, Safe Alliance Rape Crisis Center
Chief Tim Ledford, Mint Hill Police Department
Sgt. Carla King, Mint Hill Police Department
Eura Tunstall, CPA & Business Owner
Jennifer Roberts, Former Chair, Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners
Sarah Batista, Founder, Stories to Inspire & former TV News Reporter
Deandre Pendergrass, Essay Finalist, Independence High School
Gabrielle Head, Essay Finalist, Independence High School
Mike Sexton, Moderator, Mecklenburg County CSS Women’s Commission
WHY: Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Miss Representation 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.
Miss Representation includes stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists, and academics like Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Jackson Katz, Jean Kilbourne, and Gloria Steinem. The film offers startling facts and statistics that will leave audiences shaken and armed with a new perspective.
The panel discussion afterwards will include two seniors from Independence High School who are finalists in an essay challenge. Local businesswoman Eura Tunstall put out the challenge in the form of a $1,000 college scholarship to the winner. The essays were written after the students previously viewed Miss Representation on their own. Independence High School plans to extend an award to the second place winner as well.
The Representation Project is a movement that gives voice and visibility to gender injustices by mainstreaming the conversation through feature-length films, interactive social media campaigns and education. By disrupting the status quo, The Representation Project makes connections between mainstream culture and the marginalized, challenging current norms and inspiring change. Join the campaign at www.therepresentationproject.org.
For more information on the effects of domestic violence in our community, call Mecklenburg County’s Community Support Services Women’s Commission at
704-336-3210 or the Domestic Violence Shelter’s 24-hour hotline at 704-332-2513.
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