Dear APPNA Women’s Alliance,
My name is Wardah-Zara Siddiqui, and I live in Las Vegas, Nevada. I have recently become involved with the organization, MissRepresentation.org and I have founded and created a chapter in Nevada. My goal with MissRepresentation Nevada is to spread awareness about social injustices towards men and women in the media by planning fun events for our community, and speaking at schools and other public events.
I am thankful to have been given the opportunity to present at the next APPNA Alliance conference in July. However, prior to presenting at the National Conference, I would like to provide APPNA Women’s Alliance with some background information about MissRepresentation.org along with information about the founder.
MissRepresentation.org is a non-profit social action campaign and media organization established to shift people’s consciousness, inspire individual and community action, and ultimately transform culture so every one, regardless of gender, age or circumstance can fulfill their potential.
MissRepresentation.org believes that all people should be equally represented in our media, that our voices should be heard and that we should all be valued for our talents, capacity as leaders, and ability to contribute to the world at large.
The Founder and CEO of the organization, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, is filmmaker, actress, spokespreson and advocate. She wrote, directed and produced the documentary film Miss Representation, which debuted at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and made its national broadcast premiere on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. She is the Founder and CEO of MissRepresentation.org, a call-to-action campaign to empower
women and girls to challenge limiting labels in order to realize their potential.
Newsom graduated with honors from Stanford University and Stanford Graduate School of Business. She worked in Africa, Latin America, and Europe on assignments with Conservation International, a global environmental organization, where her primary focus was providing micro-enterprise opportunities to women.
After business school, she moved to Los Angeles where she performed in numerous films and TV shows, including in the Valley of Elah, Something’s Gotta Give, Rent, Then Nanny Express, Trauma, Life, Mad Men, and Numbers Newsom formed Girls Club Entertainment, LLC as an umbrella entertainment company to develop and produce independent films with strong social, political and significance, focused primarily on empowering women. Newsom is married to California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and they havetwo children.
On behalf of Miss Representation Nevada, I would like to thank you for interest in our organization and the opportunity to share our motives.
Wardah-Zara Siddiqui (Leader—MissRepresentation Nevada)