Friday, April 13, 2012

Women of all ages: Don't give your power away

The female networking group Femfessionals is hosting an event that is open to everyone - male or female - who cares about how pop culture and the media portray females and how it has led to the under representation of women in positions of power and influence.

On April 19, the group will screen the documentary "Miss Representation" by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. It created a sensation when it premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and when it aired later on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

"This movie is important to see as a woman, mother, sister, aunt - you name it," says Femfessionals president Hillary Lacouture. " I honestly think men should see this film as well. Women make up 51 percent of the United States, yet only 17 percent of congress. The statistics are endless and pretty shocking on what little power women hold in one of the most powerful countries on the planet."

She encourages everyone to view the trailer to understand more about. It's at

The screening is also a fundraiser for Girls On the Run. The nonprofit's founder, Molly Barker, is the guest speaker and she'll discuss the small ways we can make big changes in the lives of women.

The event is from 6:30 to 9 p.m April 19 at the Mint Museum Randolph at 2730 Randolph Road. The cost is $20 and includes a reception. To register, go to