Tickets are still available for Friday evening’s “coming out” party of the newly formed Young Leaders Board of the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh.

The Feb. 3 event at Point Park University includes a 6:30 p.m. screening of a much-buzzed-about documentary from the Sundance Film Festival about depictions of women in the media, followed by a panel discussion. Tickets are also available for a cocktail reception before the screening.

“Miss Representation” examines how the disparaging depictions of women – from “Girls Gone Wild” to the fixation on the physical appearance of leaders as powerful as Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton – hamper the development of girls and hinder the ability of women to exercise influence in their communities and the world. See a link to the trailer below.

Kathy Risko, president of the YWCA’s Young Leader Board, said the film offers a starting point for an important community dialogue.

“One of the things that struck me about the film is the way that women in politics are treated,” Risko said. “The idea that when a women runs for office, she is asked about what she’s wearing, who does her hair, has she had surgery on her face. It’s inappropriate, and men are not asked these questions. It perpetuates the idea that how a women looks matters more than what she says or does. It makes it harder for women in general to be taken seriously.”

A discussion will follow, including panelists “Pittsburgh Magazine” Publisher Betsy Benson; UPMC Chief Inclusion Officer Candi Castleberry-Singleton; Ayana Ledford, director of The Program for Research & Outreach on Gender Equity in Society (PROGRESS) at Carnegie Mellon University and our own Barbara McNees, president, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce.

The 143-year-old YWCA Greater Pittsburgh works to strengthen the community by creating and advancing opportunities for all women to seek equality and self-sufficiency. Last year the organization assisted more than 43,000 Allegheny County women and families through its programs in child care, child-care training, child and teen activities, health education, housing, and anti-racism and cultural competency training.  The Young Leaders Board was created in 2011 to engage younger women in the YWCA’s work.

Watch the “Miss Representation” trailer here:

Miss Representation 3 minute Trailer 8/24 from Miss Representation on Vimeo.