About the film: The documentary Miss Representation, written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and aired on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The film explores ways in which the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. It challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.
About the discussion leader: Diana Diamond is a journalist who has edited a number of newspapers including the Palo Alto Daily News; she was a columnist at the Palo Alto Weekly. At the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, she edited the magazine Valley Life Quarterly, and also served as columnist and editorial writer for the Journal. She was associate editor for the Palo Alto Daily Post, and now writes a column for The Daily News on political topics of interest to the city, the state and the nation.
Diana is a member of the Woman's Club of Palo Alto, past president of the Rotary Club of Palo Alto, and served on the Board of the Palo Alto American Red Cross. She has been a board member of several other community groups in Palo Alto.
Michelle A. Carter, a freelance magazine editor, recently retired as an instructor of journalism and communications at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont. Until January 2001, she also consulted on newspaper management and design in the U.S. and in the emerging democracies of Central and Eastern Europe. She was managing editor of The San Mateo Times for eight years, where she was responsible for the entire news product, including managing a news staff of 45. In 1993, she co-authored “Children of Chernobyl: Raising Hope From the Ashes. The book was honored by the National Federation of Press Women in 1994. Michelle was a founding member of the board of directors of the San Mateo County General Hospital Foundation in San Mateo in 1992 and served as an officer of the board in three of the past years. From 1989 to the present, she has served as co-chairman of the San Mateo County Bench Bar Media, which works to establish working guidelines in free press-fair trial issues in the county. Among her honors are awards for writing and editing from the Associated Press, United Press International, San Francisco Bar Association, California Teachers Association, American Society of Newspaper Editors, California Society of Newspaper Editors, California Press Women, National Federation of Press Women, the San Francisco Press Club and the Peninsula Press Club.
Chris Kenrick writes about education for the Palo Alto Weekly/Palo Alto Online. She worked as a writer and editor for newspapers on the east and west coasts for more than 25 years and raised three children in Palo Alto. She's a former board member of Abilities United and a current volunteer with the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula. She graduated from Palo Alto HIgh School and attended Wellesley College. She graduated from Stanford with a degree in English and earned a master's degree from Yale Law School through the Ford Foundation Fellowship in Law for Journalists.