Miss Representation screening – this Friday, 1st!

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Miss Representation screening at Birkbeck this Friday! FREE! Popcorn and drinks!

All welcome to join us – students, non-students, friends, etc.

B18, Malet St. (main Birkbeck building). 8pm.

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Miss Representation Screening

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Friday, 1st February.

8pm

B18, Malet St.

As suggested by fabulous committee member Hilary, we will be screening Miss Representation, a film that “explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence.” (More blurb below.)

This is a FREE event and all are welcome – friends, colleagues, dates, etc, etc. Snacks and soft drinks provided.

Do join us for our first event of the year! Any questions, e-mail – birkbeckwomenscommittee@gmail.com

“Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation (90 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.”
www.missrepresentation.org

 

Happy New Year!

Dear Friends

A very Happy New Year! I hope that you’ve all had a restful and happy holiday period. The rest of this academic year is going to be a busy one for the Women’s Campaign, with at least a couple of events being organized for each month, either by the Committee or external groups. Here’s what’s coming up.

Monday, January 14th
Banner-making in preparation for the upcoming Alliance of Pro-Life Students’ launch party. Event is being organized by the London Feminists Societies’ Network, and is being held at Birkbeck. Materials provided, just bring creativity and a snack to share if you can.

Time: 6pm onwards (I’ll be there from 7.45, so don’t worry if you can’t come until later).
Location: 43 Gordon Square, room 121, WC1H OPD
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Wednesday, January 16th
Posh-Party-Picket for Choice
Join the London Feminists Societies’ Network, Abortion Rights, BPCA and others in picketing the launch party of the Alliance of Pro-Life Students. The groups are meeting outside the hotel “ready to greet them as a united diverse group of pro-choice activists and supporters. Dress up to show them we’re onto them, dress down to remind them what real life is like, or just turn up and stand up for our rights.” Bring your placards!

Time: 6.30pm
Location: Outside Thistle Hotel: Marble Arch, Bryanston Street, W1H 7EH
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Friday, February 1st
Screening of the documentary Miss Representation, a film that show how the media’s misrepresentations of women has led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence.

Time – 7.30pm
Location – tba by the end of this week

More in February
– Officer Fair and fundraiser
– Eating Disorders Awareness Week event

March
Walking Tour of Bloomsbury
This will be a tour led by the Women’s Campaign! We will design the route as a group; those wanting to lead will choose part of the route and do the appropriate research, for example Millicent Fawcett’s house in Gower St. All are welcome to join us! More info. and a planning meeting to come!

We also have a couple of events that are being co-organized with other societies coming up. Again, more info. to come.

All ideas, suggestions and comments for upcoming events and otherwise are always welcome.

Best,
Sophie