Monday, October 26, 2009

Women, Power and Politics: An Evening With Maria Hinojosa

Join award-winning PBS journalist Maria Hinojosa as she explores the question of what it means to be a woman in power, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. at the Starz FilmCenter

The presence of Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin and Nancy Pelosi, among a handful of other women in the national political arena, masks the fact that the United States ranks 70th in the world for women's political representation, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union. And a 2008 Brookings Institution report found that the number of women seeking and winning positions of political power in 2008 is not markedly different than it was a decade ago.

For “Women, Power and Politics,” Maria Hinojosa, senior correspondent for “NOW on PBS,” interviewed women leaders around the world to better understand the high-stakes risks, triumphs and setbacks. The group included President Michelle Bachelet of Chile, the first female leader in Latin America who did not have a husband precede her in office, and Jeanne Shaheen, the first woman in U.S. history to be elected a governor and a United States senator.

Hinojosa has been NOW’s senior correspondent since August 2005, taking on issues like child marriage, families in crisis, military sexual trauma, immigration, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the plight of guest workers. Hinojosa previously was a CNN urban-affairs correspondent and also spent six years at National Public Radio as a New York-based general assignment correspondent. She continues her affiliation with NPR, where she is the anchor and managing editor of Latino USA. In 2008 the National Association of Hispanic Journalists gave her their highest honor, the Leadership Award.

Tickets to the event are $25 for the film and post-film reception; $20 for Denver Film Society members. Available at the Denver Film Society's website.

Discounts are available for students and groups of 10 or more. Contact Alison, 303-309-0906 or, or Ann, 303-595-3456 ext. 227 or, for more information.

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