If we turn the late South African leader into a nonthreatening moral icon, we’ll forget a key lesson from his life: America isn’t always a force for freedom.
Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation (87 min; TV-14 DL) uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film 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.
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.
An exhibition offers little-known details on extraordinary women like Florence Nightingale, Hertha Ayrton and Sophie Kowalevski.
Women lead, manage, innovate, imagine, inspire…Women do science, and they do it damn well!
You know what kind of sucks about riding a bike? Other than all that pedaling? Bike helmets. Sure, they keep that overrated “brain” from getting splattered, but they take a lot of the open-air-joy out of things, and they’re not comfortable. A pair of Swedish women have developed a remarkable solution: the invisible bike helmet.
A woman undergoes an eye exam at a temporary clinic set by the Center for Eye Health abt 217 mil of Nairobi, Kenya.
The organization is running clinics for 5,000 patients using the app Peek Vision, doctors can give patients a full exam using a smartphone.
The phone conducts cataract scans and basic eye tests, and uses the phone’s flash to illuminate the back of the eye for signs of disease.
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Paul Avey and Michael Desch have surveyed national security policymakers and find that academics are not delivering what these policymakers want.
A new film shows how American evangelicals are influencing Uganda that has deadly consequences for gay Ugandans.
The shutdown has been averted. The debt ceiling has been raised. For now. In the process, Congressâ public approval has fallen to around 10 percent â and as low as 5 percent in one poll. But how much do you know about who actually serves in Congress? How do you know who to even disapprove of?.
Ending poverty demands a level playing field to unleash women’s economic potential
Resolution 2122 creates roadmap for systematic approach to ‘implementation of commitments on women, peace and security’
Cambodia has some 3,000 registered non-profit groups. Some work on highly sensitive issues such as violence against women and human trafficking. But there are few Cambodians formally trained for suc…Cambodia has some 3,000 registered non-profit groups. Some work on highly sensitive issues such as violence against women and human trafficking. But there are few Cambodians formally trained for such work. That is now changing with the country’s first university-level degree program for social workers.
I want to be alive. I don’t want to die. I don’t want to meet my suicide. I want to keep my children. I want my children to study.
Jessy Acen, 30, who has advanced breast cancer, contends with her own poverty and with Uganda’s limited resources in her fight to stay alive.
On Tuesday, California became the second state to pass a law banning online distribution of intimate photos or videos of a person without his or her consent.On Tuesday, California became the second state to pass a law banning online posts or other distribution — online or offline — of intimate photos or videos of a person without his or her consent. The law breezed through the California’s state legislature with little resistance and Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law.