"Miss Representation" Flips the Script to Empower Women

The trailer for this new documentary film has been making the rounds online, especially among my strong, empowered, independent female friends. Gentlemen: Help us spread the word, too!

"Miss Representation exposes how American youth are being sold the concept that women and girls’ value lies in their youth, beauty and sexuality," the official website explains. "It’s time to break that cycle of mistruths."

The film and its accompanying call-to-action campaign attempt to break gender stereotypes and help girls and women tell their own stories of empowerment and individuality.

The film was written, produced and directed by First Lady of San Francisco Jennifer Siebel Newsom, founder of Girls Club Entertainment,  a production company that develops and produces independent films with strong social, political, and cultural significance focused primarily on empowering women.

Other partners include the Women’s Media CenterWhite House ProjectGirls Inc., Girls for A ChangeStep Up Women’s Network and International Museum of Women.

Here are ways to get involved:

In the trailer for the film, Katie Couric gets the last word:

"The media can be an instrument of change. It can awaken people and change minds. It depends on who's piloting the plane."

So, where should we fly? Take the pledge and let your voice be heard.