Jennifer Siebel Newsom is a filmmaker, actress, speaker, and advocate for women, girls, and their families.
Newsom is the writer, director, and producer of the 2011 Sundance documentary film Miss Representation (2011), which explores how the media's misrepresentations of women have led to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence. Miss Representation made its national broadcast debut on OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network on October 20th, 2011.
Coinciding with the distribution of her film, Newsom launched MissRepresentation.org, a call-to-action movement that gives women and girls the tools to realize their full potential. Newsom serves as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of MissRepresentation.org.
Newsom is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Girls Club Entertainment, LLC, a film production company established to develop independent films focused primarily on empowering women. Newsom is an Executive Producer of the 2012 Sundance Award-winning documentary The Invisible War (2012) which exposes the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military. As of 2012 she is in pre-production on her next documentary film series, The Mask You Live In.
As an actress, Newsom appeared in numerous films and television shows including In the Valley of Elah (2007), Something's Gotta Give (2003), Rent (2005), "Life" (2007/I), "Mad Men" (2007), The Nanny Express (2008) (TV), "Trauma" (2009), and "Numb3rs" (2005).
Prior, Newsom worked on assignments in Africa, Latin America, and Europe for Conservation International, a global environmental organization, where her primary focus was providing micro-enterprise opportunities to women.
Newsom is a nationally recognized speaker. She has spoken at corporations, universities, non-profits, and conferences including TEDxWomen, Google, Wells Fargo, Charles Schwab, AT&T, Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit, Stanford University, Harvard University, MIT, Georgetown University, the Professional BusinessWomen of California, YWCA Salt Lake City, California Commission on the Status of Women, GirlVentures, and Women's Foundation of California.
Newsom serves as a board member of PBS's Northern California affiliate KQED; a commissioner on the Girl Scouts Healthy MEdia: Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls; a member of the Make Mine a Million $ Business National Steering Committee; an advisory board member of Emerge America; and an honorary board member of the International Museum of Women.
Recently, Newsom joined "The League of Extraordinary Women" by Fast Company, and was named one of the "Most Influential Women in Business" by the San Francisco Business Times, and in 2011, one of "150 Fearless Women Who Shake The World" by Newsweek Daily Beast. She has been awarded the "Champion for Kids" by Common Sense Media. Newsom has also been featured in O Magazine, NPR, ABC's Top Line, MSNBC Live, The Huffington Post, Forbes, The Daily Beast, The Chicago Tribune, Fox News, Vogue, and SELF.
Newsom graduated with honors both from Stanford University and Stanford's Graduate School of Business. Newsom also speaks Spanish.
Newsom resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, and their two young children.
|Gavin Newsom||(26 July 2008 - present) 2 children|
Kappa Kappa Gamma at Stanford.
Starter on the Women's Jr. National Soccer Team '91-'93.
Varsity Athlete in Tennis, Soccer, and Basketball all four years of high school.
Chased on foot by a crocodile, lion and elephant while living in Botswana.
Adopted a dog named Tika in Africa and brought her home. Tika is part Giant Schnauzer, part Weimaraner.
Grandfather, John Fritzer, came to Hollywood to be an actor, but when WWII broke out, he was forced to join the U.S. Army Air Corps.
On the board of Stanford Alumni in Entertainment and the Conservation Strategy Fund, a spin-off of Conservation International.
Played Varsity Soccer at Stanford prior to a back and neck injury.
Speaks fluent Spanish. Has affinity for languages and dialects.
Engaged to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom after he proposed, while vacationing in Hawaii, on December 29, 2007.
Gave birth to her first child at age 35, a daughter Montana Tessa Siebel Newsom on September 18, 2009. Child's father is her husband, Gavin Newsom.
Gave birth to her second child at age 36, a son Hunter Siebel Newsom on June 12, 2011. Child's father is her husband, Gavin Newsom.
I was drawn to the performing arts out of a desire to connect emotionally and on a deeper level with our humanity... I love history and I love exploring a character's psyche and background and finding out what inspires them.
Life is precious. Since we get to live life out loud, shouldn't we make the most of it?
[on discovering the 15 per cent of rape victims are girls under 12] When I found that out, I had to take action. How can we walk around thinking we live in a healthy society when this is how society looks at a young girl? We are sexualizing children. We are sexualizing our daughters, and I have to say I really don't know why.
I know from experience that as an actor it's all about the way you look. There is nothing else that really matters. Talent counts, but they see it as secondary to the way a woman looks. And she has to be sexy, and she has to be accessible. If she won't work as eye-candy, she won't work.
Only three per cent of executive decision makers in the media are women. Three per cent - out of the thousands of women who work in your industry - only three per cent have any power to change things. If you want to look at why women are so misrepresented, that's where you start.
I came to the world of entertainment after living in Africa, and living with bush men, so I think I was already seeing things differently than most actresses who end up here. But I'd go to the movies and look at the women on the screen. The roles were always small. The characters were always sexualized, and if if there was a female protagonist at all, she was the sidekick who was objectified. I was shocked at how pathetic it all was.
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