As if directing and producing a documentary film that challenges the media world and inspires and empowers women was not enough, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, our Ruby Award recipient for 2013, has raised the bar to its highest level by creating a social action campaign to follow through with the mission of the film.
Miss Representation is the award-winning documentary film that exposes how mainstream media contributes to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which makes it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman or girl to feel powerful herself.
Miss Representation.org is the social campaign of the documentary film. Its mission is to shift people’s consciousness, inspire individual and community action and, ultimately, transform culture so everyone, regardless of gender, can fulfill their potential. Using social media, women and girls are speaking out, telling their stories and influencing change. Schools are using the Miss Representation’s Curriculum. Communities are hosting screenings and discussions. Consumers are using their power to celebrate positive media and advertising and challenge the negative.
And, Jennifer has literally traveled the globe spreading this message. We saw her presentation at an Soroptimist International conference in Hawaii and were captivated by her passion, her intelligence, her concern and her sincerity. It was not too much longer thereafter that SIMC decided to honor Jennifer, a resident of Marin, with our Ruby Award.
To find out more about Miss Representation.org, click here.
The Jeannette Prandi* Children’s Center is a child-friendly state of the art forensic interview center for sexually abused children. This center needs our constant support to insure the best for our children.
California law requires multiple agencies to investigate allegations of child sexual molestation. Even though the young victim may be suffering from post-traumatic stress, shame, and fear, several agencies would normally have to interview the child. A long-time dream held by the founders of the Jeannette Prandi Children’s Center to establish this child-friendly center where one member of a specially trained team conducts a forensic interview with the child, while others observe behind a one-way mirror, came true in 2000.
In addition to conducting these specialized interviews, the JPCC has become a leader in education and prevention. Under the keen leadership of Dr. Michael Grogan, the center has developed films on internet dangers and bullying; has created a resource for teachers who are frequently the first to identify child maltreatment and a parent’s guide to concerns.
Please see www.prandicenter.org for further information on this incredible facility.
* Jeannette Prandi was the first female sergeant in the Marin County Sheriff’s Office who died before her time. The staff of the sheriff’s office requested that the center be named after her since she spent years investigating cases with child victims.
Spouses and life partners of emergency responders live through their loved ones being shot, burned, held hostage or just being burned out. Emergency Responders often suffer from post-traumatic stress and living with the consequences can be devastating not only to the first responders but to their families. The ER loved one can disappear into alcoholism, isolation, suicidal behavior and promiscuity. First Responder Support Network has a six-day critical incident debriefing program for the first responders. In conducting these programs they determined that returning the responder to his or her family which had not been included in experiencing the miraculous change that can occur was a disservice to the entire family. So SOS was born.
The Significant Others and Spouses program is its own six-day residential debriefing program for the person who has lived through the trauma without actually being there. They can describe in detail the horror and the pain—but there is no insurance, no departmental assistance or support for them to participate in this program. Soroptimist International of Marin County has adopted this program so that participants attend on a scholarship basis.
“The change that you made in my life is indescribable. I arrived feeling very lonely, hopeless , trapped and unloved. . .You helped me learn that I am lovable, that I do count, that I do have choices and it’s OK if others don’t like them, because they are MY choices.” (SOS client)
To find out more about The SOS Program of First Responder Support Network, click here
Soroptimist's mission is to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. In order to accomplish this goal, the organization administers several international programs. The organization's major project is the Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Awards, which assists women by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and job prospects. To find out more about The Opportunity Award, click here.
Named for the president of the first Soroptimist club, the Violet Richardson Award honors girls who are making a difference through volunteer service. Each year, Soroptimist clubs honor girls who donate their time and energy to causes that make the community and world a better place— such as working to end discrimination and poverty, assisting women and children who are victims of domestic violence, or mentoring young girls. To find out more about The Violet Richardson Award, click here.
Founder Region (which SIMC is part of) Fellowship Award: seeks to advance the Soroptimist mission by giving grants to selected women in the final phase of their doctoral degree.