City of West Hollywood Women's Equality Day Commemoration 2019
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About The Event
Join the City of West Hollywood and its Women’s Advisory Board to commemorate the historic 99th anniversary of women winning the vote in the United States and to fight for women’s equal rights!
GUEST SPEAKERS + FILM SCREENING + CALL TO ACTION + RECEPTION
The program will feature a screening of The Great American Lie, the third documentary film from director Jennifer Siebel Newsom ( Miss Representation, The Mask You Live In) and The Representation Project. The film explores social and economic immobility and inequity in the U.S. and the role of gendered values on American society.
PROGRAM ( Times are approximate and subject to change)
Official Welcome & Opening Remarks:
West Hollywood City Council & Guest Speakers!
Reception to follow the panel discussion
Free Admission and onsite parking. Limited Seating.
DOORS OPEN @ 1:30 PM
The Great American Lie is a documentary film that examines what inequality looks like today and traces its roots to our long-revered promise of the American Dream. It’s a story about how the ideas that are imbued in the Dream dominate our society and create and perpetuate inequality, deepening our social, economic, and political chasms. The film looks at what Americans are told - through all aspects of our culture - about who and what is valued, based on how we “gender” people and things. The reality we now face is that we are a society divided and out of balance - where the cultural pendulum has swung too far towards a masculine world view, where we revere those things considered stereotypically “masculine”, like money, power and individualism, over things considered stereotypically “feminine”, like empathy, collaboration, and community. This point of view has created the worst economic and social inequality since the Great Depression. And, the more unequal we become, the deeper our crisis of connection.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the First Partner of California, is a filmmaker, advocate, and thought leader. After graduating with honors from Stanford University and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, she wrote, directed, and produced the 2011 award-winning documentary Miss Representation. As a result of Miss Representation’s impact, she launched The Representation Project, a nonprofit organization that uses film and media as a catalyst for cultural transformation. Her second film as a director, The Mask You Live In, premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and explores how America’s narrow definition of masculinity is harming boys, men, and society at large. Her third film, The Great American Lie, explores the underlying cultural causes of inequality in America. She also executive produced the Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated documentary The Invisible War and was an executive producer on the Emmy Award-winning documentary The Hunting Ground. She has also served as a global advisory board member of the Dove Self Esteem Project, a co-chair of We Day California, a commissioner on the Girl Scouts’ Healthy Media Commission, and currently serves on the advisory council for the Imagine Kids Bus Project. She lives in Sacramento, California with her husband, California Governor Gavin Newsom, and their four young children.
Using film and media as catalysts for cultural transformation, The Representation Project inspires individuals and communities to challenge limiting gender stereotypes and shift norms. Jennifer Siebel Newsom founded The Representation Project, a 501(c)(3), in 2011 in response to the overwhelming public demand for ongoing education and social action in support of her first film, Miss Representation. Since then, The Representation Project released Newsom’s second film, The Mask You Live In, and third film, The Great American Lie. The organization has become well known for creating popular social media activism campaigns such as #NotBuyingIt, #AskHerMore, and #RepresentHer.
The City of West Hollywood
City of West Hollywood's Women's Advisory Board
City of West Hollywood Women's Leadership Conference & Network
Hollywood Chapter of the National Organization for Women
National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles
National Women's Political Caucus, LA Westside Chapter
Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles County Action Fund