Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Siebel Newsom ... Self
Jean Kilbourne ... Self - Filmmaker, 'Killing Us Softly', Author and Senior Scholar, Wellesley Centers for Women (as Jean Kilbourne EdD)
Jim Steyer ... Self - CEO, Common Sense Media, Lawyer & Professor of Civil Rights, Stanford University
Katie Couric ... Self - Anchor, CBS Evening News
Margaret Cho ... Self - Comedienne, Actor & Activist
M. Gigi Durham ... Self - Author 'The Lolita Effect', Associate Professor of Journalism, University of Iowa
Jennifer Pozner ... Self - Executive Director Women in Media & News, Author Reality Bites Back
Caroline Heldman ... Self - Associate Professor of Political Science, Occidental College (as Caroline Heldman PhD)
Pat Mitchell ... Self - President & CEO, Paley Center for Media, Former President & CEO of PBS
Gavin Newsom ... Self - Lieutenant Governor, California, Former Mayor of San Francisco
Gloria Steinem ... Self - Feminist Organizer & Writer, Co-Founder Women's Media Center
Jennifer Lawless ... Self - Associate Professor of Government, Director, Women & Politics Institute, American University
Cory Booker ... Self - Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
Condoleezza Rice ... Self - Former U.S. Secretary of State, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Professor of Political Economy, Stanford University
Dolores Huerta ... Self - Activist & Co-Founder, United Farm Workers Union, Dolores Huerta Foundation


Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.

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You can't be what you can't see.




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Herself - Associate Professor of Political Science, Occidental College: Women who are high self-objectifiers have lower political efficacy. Political efficacy is the idea that your voice matters in politics and that you can bring about change in politics. So if we have a whole generation of young people being raised where women's objectification is just par for the course, it's normal, it's okay, we have a whole generation of women who are less likely to run for office and less likely to vote.
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Too much make-up
3 November 2017 | by shakesceneSee all my reviews

As a female director the first thing I notice about this film is that the women have too much make- up. And their hairs are perfect in every shot. And they talk about misrepresentation of women.

But if we philosophically talk about this film and its contents, it's OK, it talks about real and horrible problem of teenage depression, diet obsession and disorders and many other maladies caused by living in a bubble created by media. People of both genders have this disorder and have obsessions with their bodies and look. It's planetary. Maybe even anthropological question since since ever people maimed their bodies to look 'great', from European corsets in the mid-XX century, Chinese wooden shoes, collars that extend necks of African tribal women, to contemporary plastic surgery.

I think that problem lies in fashion in general, in human obsession with fashion. In human need to be accepted. Actually the problem is very deep. Focusing on solely media is only a tip of the iceberg.

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15 April 2014 (Netherlands) See more »

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Miss Representation See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


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$750,000 (estimated)
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