On April 11, 2012, join the Association for Women Attorneys, International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation- Louisiana Network, Tulane University Law Women’s Association and Loyola University Association of Women Law Students for the first New Orleans screening of Miss Representation, a powerful film that 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 herself harming not just women, but men as well.

In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media, and 65% of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors.

Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.

Attendance is free for AWA members, IWIRC members and students.  $10 for everyone else. To reserve your spot and obtain tickets, click here.

Screening will be in the Moot Court Room at Tulane Law School on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.

Doors open at 6:00pm; Screening to start promptly at 6:30pm.

Discussion and light refreshments to follow.

For more information on the film Miss Representation, go to www.missrepresentation.org.