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Are women portrayed differently in the mass media than their male counterparts?

Absolutely, according to documentary "Miss Representation," which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

The film will be screened for free at the Grand Theatre at Salt Lake Community College's South City Campus on Monday, March 19, at 6 p.m.

The movie looks at how media images of women shape the way people think about women — especially when depicting women in power. Filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom interviewed such power players as former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and House Minority Leader (and, then, Speaker of the House) Nancy Pelosi, as well as media figures like Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow and Lisa Ling.

Newsom has witnessed sexism both in entertainment and in politics, which she has witnessed firsthand thanks to her husband, Gavin Newsom, who was San Francisco's mayor and is now California's lieutenant governor.

"Historically, you have institutional sexism, men in positions of power," Newsom said. "You need to have more men willing to hand over their power to women."

There's also a need to look with new appreciation at the unpaid labor of women — as nurturers, caregivers and keepers of the home. "We haven't actually put a monetary value on that, and as a result of our culture, we therefore don't value that."

The screening is sponsored by The University of Utah National Association of Women Business Owners Salt Lake Chapter (NAWBO-SLC) Smart Women in Marketing networking group (SWIM).

Although admission is free, you must register to attend at —

"Miss Representation"

When: Monday, March 19, 6 p.m.

Where: Grand Theatre at Salt Lake Community College's South City Campus, 1575 S. State Street, Salt Lake City

Admission: Free, but you must register at

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