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The Representation Project Explores “How the Media Failed Women in 2013”

The makers of the 2011 documentary Miss Representation, which explored the under-representation and sexist depictions of women in mainstream media, have a call-to-action campaign called The Representation Project.


The Representation Project is a movement that uses film and media content to expose injustices created by gender stereotypes and to shift people’s consciousness towards change. Interactive campaigns, strategic partnerships and education initiatives inspire individuals and communities to challenge the status quo and ultimately transform culture so everyone, regardless of gender, race, class, age, or circumstance can fulfill their potential.

The video below looks at some of the achievements that women have made in media this year, such as Pakistani teen activist Malala Yousafzai making the cover of Time magazine and Kerry Washington becoming the first black lead actress to be nominated for an Emmy since 1995. But it also shows us the many different, negative ways that the media has portrayed women – from the exploitation of female bodies in ad campaigns by companies like Carl’s Jr. to the sexist rhetoric surrounding politicians like Hillary Clinton and Senator Wendy Davis.