Parent, Teacher, Activist
Check out this post by Margot Magowan on Reel Girl. She asks the question, why does there have to be gender imbalance in made up worlds? What’s the deal with that?
I recently watched the movie Miss Representation with my 12-year-old daughter. She was saddened and frustrated by the way women’s stories are often not told in media, by the way that women and girls are often depicted as either a sexual object for males or as a token interesting female alone in a sea of dominant males. Maybe it’s because the majority of film makers, writers, directors, and producers are men, and they write from their own experience. I see some solutions to this problem.
From our own families to historical characters from sports to politics to academics, there are so many amazing stories of women out there waiting to be told! Let’s get busy sharing those stories with girls and boys, and teaching them to cherish women’s stories and character as well. We can change the way that women are depicted in media! A whole new generation of media makers are waiting right now to learn how to do that. Let’s be a part of making that change!