A popular documentary coming to Randolph College this weekend challenges viewers to consider media’s power to affects how society views women and girls view their futures.
The College will screen Miss Representation at 7 p.m. Sunday in Nichols Theatre, on the third floor of the Student Center. The 90-minute film documents how media’s portrayal of women has led to fewer women serving in prominent positions in politics and modern culture.
The event aims to encourage people to start “thinking about the language that we use to talk about women, especially about young women and their aspirations in society,” said Jennifer Gauthier, a Randolph communication studies professor.
Gauthier noted that the representation of women in the media has become a more widespread topic of discussion in recent times, but that the actual language being used to describe them is not given as much attention. The documentary will be followed by a panel discussion about language used in the media, featuring Dean of the College Carl Girelli, who has a Ph.D. in linguistics, and Pattie Wilson, an alumna who anchors Good Morning Virginia for WSET, a local ABC television affiliate.
Since its premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, Miss Representation has been shown at numerous other film festivals, aired on television, and screened in schools worldwide. It features powerful interviews with women such as Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, and Gloria Steinem.
The screening is part of the Ruth Borker Gender Studies Film Series.