Who We Are

Julie Burton

Julie Burton is a veteran leader and activist for women’s rights and progressive causes.

For more than a decade, she was on the frontlines of the women's movement as the youngest CEO of a national pro-choice political action committee, Voters For Choice (where she helped elect and train hundreds of pro-choice candidates at the Federal and State levels). She co-founded and was the founding executive director of Choice USA, a national organization focused on developing the next generation of activists and leaders, expanding voter registration, and countering right wing efforts to limit women’s reproductive freedom.

She created the Women’s Council of People For the American Way and developed and ran Project Kid Smart to promote policies and political efforts for voluntary preschool education for all American children.   Early in her career, she worked with pioneering legal activists at the National Women’s Law Center.

Throughout her career, Julie has gained public visibility, built grassroots enthusiasm, and raised money by involving artists in support of social change.  She has produced high profile benefit rock concerts, music events and a CD with Sony Music called "Mary Had a Little Amp" to benefit various causes and support voter registration efforts.  Recently, she worked with the producer of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Discovery Channel to produce a week of Climate Change events at the G20 meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the Green Group and US Climate Action Network.

Julie serves on the Board of Advisors of Presidio World College.  She is a Trustee to the Stewart R. Mott Foundation and a Board Member of Project Kid Smart.  She has served on the boards of Project Kid Smart, the National Abortion Federation, the Bank Information Center (as founding board chair), and Choice USA.  Former Mayor Willie Brown appointed her to the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women.

A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, she has lived in San Francisco, New York City, and currently resides in Washington, DC.



Reproductive Rights and the Media—Women Front & Center

December 31, 2016

}Gwen Ifill - a pioneering journalist

Gwen Ifill - a pioneering journalist

November 16, 2016

WMC Releases 10-Year Review of Oscar Nominations & Gender

February 18, 2016

Over the past decade, women account for just 19 percent of all non-acting Oscar nominations, according to a Women’s Media Center analysis. From 2006 to 2015, women have received 327 nominations in behind-the-scenes roles that include producers, writers, directors, and cinematographers, compared to 1,387 men. More »

WMC 10-Year Emmy Study: Women Lacking in Writing, Directing, Producing, Editing Nominations

September 17, 2015

In the past decade, women have received only 22 percent of the Primetime Emmy nominations for writing, directing, producing, and editing, according to an investigation by the Women’s Media Center. More »

The Women’s Media Center Mourns the Loss of Veteran Correspondent Marie Colvin

February 22, 2012

Women’s Media Center Statement: Komen Foundation VP Karen Handel Resigns

February 7, 2012

BREAKING: Statement by Julie Burton, Women’s Media Center President Re: Komen Decision

February 3, 2012

Statement from Women’s Media Center on Komen Foundation and Planned Parenthood

February 2, 2012

Celebrating Choice & Announcing Winner of WMC Video Contest

January 20, 2012

The Women’s Media Center Extends Congratulations to MSNBC’s new host Melissa Harris-Perry

January 5, 2012

Women’s Media Center Congratulates Chelsea Clinton on NBC Special Correspondent Appointment

November 14, 2011

A Statement from the President of the Women's Media Center

November 7, 2011

Women's Media Center to NBC: "You Can't Lie to Women!"

October 24, 2011