New MAKER: Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Jennifer Siebel Newsom came to Hollywood with a dream, and left with a mission. Already an accomplished woman at the age of 28, acting was always a passion for Newsom, but she didn't think it was a career. By the time she was knocking on Hollywood’s door, Newsom had already completed an MBA at Stanford University, and had been doing global conversation work with Conservation International.
When she decided to take the stage once more, she encountered an unexpected obstacle. Her agent suggested that to get acting jobs she should lie about her age and take her MBA off her resumé. Newsom was struck by “the messaging that was being communicated to…women about our value in the Hollywood culture.” This inspired her to make the documentary, Miss Representation (2011), a film that explores the relationship between the portrayal of women in the media, to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power. The film then spawned MissRepresentation.org, a movement to helps girls and women reach their full potential.
Now Newsom’s purpose in life is to “elevate women and men up in our culture.” Find out more about Jennifer Siebel Newsom by going to her profile. Find out her thoughts on the lack of paid parental leave in the United States, and what she thinks of the second shift undertaken by most working parents.