Cocktails and Conversations: What’s in a Name? Media Language and Representation
How women and girls are depicted in the media has a huge impact on gender stereotypes and expectations. On May 24, 2018, the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island will host the third Cocktails and Conversations event of the year, with a panel discussion looking at different viewpoints on the topic. Hosted by AS220, the event brings together a journalist, activists, an artist and an academic perspective to discuss a variety of viewpoints on representation. Speakers will talk about their individual areas of research and interest in how women and girls are represented in the media. These perspectives include women of color and aging women. Panelists include Shey Rivera, Executive Director of AS220, Gabriela Domenzain, RWU Latino Policy Institute, Abigail Brooks, Director of the Women’s Studies Program at Providence College and moderated by Margie Reed from Capitol TV.
Gabriela Domenzain from Roger William’s University sees this topic as timely, saying “The images we see and read every day shape how we understand the world and ourselves. At a time when the President of the United States debates the meaning of ‘facts’ and our media is increasing in partisanship and decreasing in size, accurate and representative portrayals of the issues and people who make up our country are essential.”
Panelist Shey Rivera, Executive Director of AS220 says “Equitable representation in media means approaching content and access from a lens of racial and gender justice. Our advances in technology are powerful tools that can have global reach. But these tools are often not accessible and often are used by insular privileged groups to replicate stereotypes and co-opt the stories and experiences of others.”
The intention of this event is to provide a fun and relaxed conversation about how women are represented in media. All are encouraged to attend and we extend a special invitation to men to join us. Cash bar and light appetizers will be included.