Wednesday, August 3, 2011

New Jersey Women to Explore Truth Behind Media Images

Women from across New Jersey will be exploring the truth behind media images at the "Power of Popular" women's conference planned for October 2, at Rutgers University. Register here!

My Central Jersey reports that the day-long event will feature a keynote address by Emme, the supermodel, television personality, author, lecturer, creative director for her clothing lines, and nationally recognized women's advocate for positive body image and self esteem. The Power of Popular conference is an effort of the New Jersey Girl Scout councils to help communities develop programming and policy solutions that promote healthy living and media literacy.

Media helps shape what we think about girls and what girls think about themselves. Girl Scouts of the USA believes that as children's media use continues to increase, all youth would benefit from experiencing healthy and positive messages about girls and women. In this session, participants will hear findings from the Girl Scout Research Institute that shed light on the impact media can have on girls' body images, relationships, and overall health. They will discover what efforts are being done on this important issue from Capitol Hill to local communities. Participants will learn about steps they can take to be advocates on this issue with their Members of Congress and through social media.

Emme, a Healthy MEdia Commissioner, appeared on CNN's Headline News and CNN Live last Thursday, regarding the ban in the UK of Academy Award-winning actress Julia Roberts' and supermodel Christy Turlington's airbrushed photos in cosmetic ads. Check out this CNN link to hear the discussion.