Miss Representation

Film, Politics — By on March 7, 2016 9:15 AM

By ASHLEIGH PISANI

 

 

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If you look around at the faces on any government or corporate board, chances are those faces overwhelmingly belong to white males.

 

In fact there are fewer Australian companies run by women than men named Peter. Fourteen of Australia’s top 200 companies have a CEO called Peter, while only thirteen have a female CEO.

 

If we turn to politics, Australia’s federal cabinet only has five women cabinet ministers.

 

And there is not a single major daily newspaper in Australia currently with a female editor.

 

This is appalling in 2016 in a country that supposedly values gender equality.

 

Merit is equally distributed between the sexes so we should have as many female leaders as we do male leaders and when we are consistently seeing fewer women then that indicates women of merit are missing out.

 

What influence does the media have on these statistics given it is often more interested in how women look rather than what they are saying or thinking?

 

Even our first female Prime Minister had to put up with endless media chatter and cruel criticism about her clothes and body shape as she ran the country.

 

How does this impact society’s perception of women’s abilities and also curtail women’s aspirations?

 

 

That’s what the award winning film Miss Representation seeks to answer.

 

A student led team affiliated with Community Connect has organised a screening of Miss Representation on Thursday night for International Women’s Day at City West Campus.

 

Tickets are only $5 for students and $10 for everyone else and all the money raised goes to supporting the International Women’s Development Agency, who work to empower disadvantaged women in the Asia Pacific.

 

The night is sure to be a fantastic event with games and competitions planned as well as a discussion after the film.

 

So come along and have a great night as we work toward achieving a truly equal world.

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