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July 12, 2011, The first Healthy MEdia: Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls meeting was held and co-chairs Geena Davis and Deborah Taylor Tate were in attendance. Joining Deborah and Geena were a select group of industry insiders, media experts, producers and coalitions including representatives from the Alliance for Women in Media, V-me, National Association for Media Literacy Education, Common Sense Media, A & E Networks, Black Entertainment Television, PBS, Sesame Workshop, Style Network, Minority Media Telecommunications Council, and Seventeen Magazine. Two teen representatives from the Youth Advisory Council to the commission were also at the table and added their unique perspective to the conversation.
Members of the Healthy MEdia Commission and reps from the Youth Advisory Council to the commission
The commission will host a national discussion on positive and balanced images of girls and women; produce recommendations to media and policy leaders; champion media producers who are promoting positive images; and secure industry-wide commitments to take steps for change.
Girl Scouts staff attend Miss Representation screening Following the commission meeting, invited guests attended a screening of Miss Representation. The documentary created buzz at this year's Sundance Film Festival and shows how media portrayals of women and girls lead to distorted perceptions and thwarted aspirations to leadership.Guests included staff from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Booz Allen, Aspen Institute's Council of Women World Leaders, WJLA-TV head anchor Maureen Bunyan, and Congressional staff from the offices of Sen. Barbara Boxer (CA), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL), Sen. Kay Hagan (NC), and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN).