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400 Attend 2016 Women's Media Awards

400 Attend 2016 Women's Media Awards
Hosted by Sally Field
Opening Remarks by Gayle King


Samantha Bee
Salma Hayek Pinault
Joy Reid
Anita Sarkeesian
Regina K. Scully


New York, NY — The Women’s Media Center 2016 Women’s Media Awards were held Thursday, September 29th at Capitale in New York City. 

The event was hosted for the first time by Sally Field, the two-time Academy Award-winning and multiple Emmy-winning star of “Hello, My Name is Doris,” who will be returning to Broadway in March 2017 starring as Amanda in Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie.”

Sally Field’s remarks have been published as a WMC Feature “Sally Field Speaks Out on Women and Media”: http://www.womensmediacenter.com/feature/entry/sally-field-speaks-out 

Gayle King, co-anchor of “CBS This Morning” and three-time Emmy winner, gave the opening remarks at the awards.

The 2016 Women’s Media Awards honored:

Samantha Bee, host of TBS' “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”; longtime correspondent on “The Daily Show”; co-creator of the upcoming sitcom “The Detour”; and author, with the Women's Media Center History Making Award, presented by Gloria Steinem, Women’s Media Center co-founder.
Salma Hayek Pinault, Academy Award, Golden Globe, SAG, and BAFTA nominated actor; Emmy-winning director; award-winning producer; co-founder of CHIME FOR CHANGE; and activist, with the Women's Media Center Sisterhood is Global Award, presented via video by Jane Fonda and in person by Gloria Steinem, Women’s Media Center co-founders.
Joy Reid, political analyst for MSNBC; host of “AM Joy”; and author, with the the Women's Media Center Carol Jenkins Visible and Powerful Media Award, presented by Carol Jenkins, founding and former president of the Women’s Media Center.
Anita Sarkeesian, award-winning creator and executive director of Feminist Frequency; host of video series “Tropes vs. Women in Video Games”; media critic; blogger; and public speaker, with the Women's Media Center Digital Media Award, presented by Julie Burton, president of the Women’s Media Center.
Regina K. Scully, five-time Emmy-winning and two-time Academy Award-nominated producer; executive producer, founder and CEO of Artemis Rising Foundation; founder and CEO of RPR Marketing Communications; and activist, with the Women's Media Center Pat Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Pat Mitchell, founding co-chair of The Women’s Media Center.

Celebrities and VIPs attending the annual event included many of the most accomplished and influential women and men in the world of media today.

Women’s Media Center co-founders Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem attended the event. Jane Fonda, Women's Media Center co-founder, appeared in a special video produced for the event, from location in Colorado where she is currently working on the new film, “Our Souls at Night.” Co-chairs for the 2016 Women’s Media Awards were: Loreen Arbus, Lauren Embrey, Jane Fonda, Pat Mitchell, Robin Morgan, Dee Dee Myers, Bonnie Schaefer, Gloria Steinem, and Mary & Steven Swig.

VIPs attending the Awards this year included: Robin Morgan, co-founder, the Women’s Media Center, feminist, journalist, award-winning poet and author, host of “Women’s Media Center Live with Robin Morgan;” Gloria Steinem, co-founder, the Women’s Media Center, feminist, journalist, author and social/political activist; Pat Mitchell, chair of the Sundance Institute, founding co-chair and current board co-chair of the Women’s Media Center, former president & CEO of the Paley Center for Media, former Women’s Media Award honoree, co-chair of the Women’s Media Awards; Julie Burton, president of the Women’s Media Center, executive producer of “Women's Media Center Live with Robin Morgan,” and trustee of the Stewart Mott Foundation; Janet Dewart Bell, Vice Chair of the Women's Media Center Board of Directors; Mariska Hargitay, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor, founder and president of the Joyful Heart Foundation; Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films, winner of 32 individual primetime Emmy Awards; Stacey Tisdale, president & CEO of Mind Money Media Inc., creator & president of Winning Play$ Financial Education Program; Tamsen Fadal, eight-time Emmy-winning anchor, PIX 11 News at 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m; Chris Hayes, host of MSNBC's “All in with Chris Hayes;” Geralyn Dreyfous, co-founder, Impact Partners, founder and board chair of the Utah Film Center; Laurie David, author, producer, and environmental advocate; Carol Jenkins, author, former WNBC anchor, former and founding president of the Women’s Media Center, contributing writer for The Huffington Post; Loreen Arbus, businesswoman, disability rights activist, producer, author, president of the Loreen Arbus Foundation, the Goldenson-Arbus Foundation and Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc., co-chair of the Women’s Media Awards; Lauren Embrey, president and CEO of the Embrey Family Foundation, CEO of Embrey Interests, Ltd., co-chair of the Women’s Media Awards, former chair of the Women’s Media Center; Bonnie Schaefer, former co-CEO and co-chair of the board of Claire’s Stores, Inc., co-chair of the Women’s Media Awards; Mary and Steven Swig, Mary Swig is the founder and CEO of Mary Green, an international design firm and co-author of How to be an Importer and Pay for Your World Travel. Steven Swig is co-founder and president emeritus of Presidio Graduate School conferring an MBA and an MPA in Sustainable Management, chair of the board of the Solar Electric Light Fund and the Americans For Cures Foundation, vice chair of the board of the American Conservatory Theater. Both are co-founders of the National Student Debt Jubilee Project and co-chairs of the Women’s Media Awards. 

The Women’s Media Center

The Women’s Media Center, co-founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem, works to make women visible and powerful in media. The Women’s Media Center trains women leaders to be in the media; promotes women experts to the media through WMC SheSource; conducts groundbreaking research and reporting on media inclusion and accuracy; features women’s voices and stories on our radio broadcast and podcast, “Women’s Media Center Live with Robin Morgan,” and through WMC Features, WMC Fbomb, WMC Speech Project and WMC Women Under Siege.

“The Women’s Media Awards were created to honor champions for women who use their media platforms to tell the stories, facts, and solutions crucial to all viewers, and to advance opportunities for women in media,” says Julie Burton, president of the Women’s Media Center. “Because media tells our stories and influences the role of women in every part of society, we are proud to honor these amazing women who set the standard for what media should look like when it gives voice to the female half of the country.”

Read the WMC feature on the Women’s Media Awards:

Read the WMC Photo Feature on the Women’s Media Awards:

For more information about the Women’s Media Center go to: http://www.womensmediacenter.com/. For more information about WMC Live with Robin Morgan go to http://www.wmclive.com/

For press information about The Women’s Media Center, contact Cristal Williams Chancellor at: cristal@womensmediacenter.com, 202-587-1636.


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