It shouldn't surprise us to witness today the tremendous power of women as change agents. From revolutions in the Middle East, to online campaigns in America, women are at the forefront of social change. And this International Women's Day in particular we want to celebrate that voice. Your voice!
Last week's treatment of Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student who was publicly attacked and demeaned by radio host Rush Limbaugh, reminds us of how difficult it can be for smart, talented women to make themselves heard above the oppressive regimes of institutional sexism and media stereotypes in America. It also reminds us of how inspiring it can be when women do stand up to and overcome the powers that be.
Every woman has her own story of overcoming oppression and misrepresentation; yet throughout history the media has suppressed, twisted, and often ignored the words of women. Now, however, utilizing social media and other tools, we can write, collect and share stories on our own.
Ladies (and all of you men who care about women), your voice counts. This International Women's Day tell us about a time when you or a loved one were personally challenged by a misrepresentation. Take action this week by reflecting on how strong you or they really are. Post your stories on our Tumblr page or e-mail us directly. We will use your stories to inspire more women to transcend stereotypes and become leaders in 2012!
As a way to expand this conversation online and encourage even more of you to speak up, we are releasing a video today, in partnership with LoveSocial.org, about healthy media choices and the need to further value women and girls. Please click on the image below to watch, and then post it to your Twitter and Facebook pages with a message asking others to send in their stories!
As always, we are incredibly grateful for your support and passion for this cause. Your ongoing efforts to spread the word make it possible for entire communities to see this film, process it, amplify women and girls' voices, and effect real change. You have made this campaign itself an example of the value of women, and you remind us daily of the power of all of us united behind this common cause.
Today alone Miss Representation will screen in over 25 locations around the world - from Azerbaijan to Singapore to the World Bank in Washington D.C. Thousands will be touched by the film's messaging and will join the campaign before tomorrow morning.
Thank you for demonstrating leadership in supporting MissRepresentation.org and for your commitment to being a change agent in our culture.
Now let's go rewrite herstory. Happy International Women's Day!
Jennifer Siebel Newsom & The MissRepresentation.org team