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Women’s Images In The Media

What Gender Images In The News And Pop Culture Tell Us

Credit: Women Make Media

Above: Filmmaker Julie Bridgham and producer Ramyata Limbu from the film "The Sari Soldiers," screening as part of "Women, Media, Revolution" this week at the Joan B. Croc Institute for Peace and Justice.

The images of women presented in the media can influence how people perceive the world around them and what issues are seen as important. These images can occur through pop culture or through the news media. The guests today will look at gender images from two different yet complementary points of view.


Sara Clarke Kaplan, Assistant Professor of Gender and Race Studies, UCSD

Jennifer Freeman, Program officer for the Women PeaceMakers Program at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice


Whether these images are taken from the real world or created as entertainment they have an impact by reinforcing stereotypes or challenging them. Sara Clarke Kaplan is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Race Studies at UCSD. She says that Hollywood sometimes serves up a "feel-good" rewrite of American history, revisiting the past and painting it as simpler, happier, and better than perhaps it was.

Jennifer Freeman is Program Officer for the Women PeaceMakers Program at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. Their annual Women PeaceMakers Forum for this year runs October 5-7 and is called "Women, Media, Revolution." Freeman is concerned primarily with gender images in the news media and documentaries. She is concerned not only with how women are often portrayed as victims and bystanders in conflicts but also with their absence from some media coverage.

"The Sari Soldiers" is one of the documentaries screening at the "Women, Media, Revolution" forum running October 5-7.

The forum will also present "Peace Unveiled," episode 3 of the new PBS series "Women War and Peace." It will screen Thursday at 4pm. Here's a series trailer.

Women War and Peace Trailer

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Watch the full episode. See more Women War and Peace.

PBS' 'Women War and Peace' Trailer

You can also check out the Cinema Junkie commentary about gender images.

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