Kathleen Sweeney, the author of Maiden USA: Girl Icons Come of Age, has served as a creative arts and media producer for youth and girl voices at DIA: Beacon, Reel Grrls, Girls Inc, and University Settlement, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and many other foundations. Her multimedia lectures on girl culture and social media have been presented at colleges across the United States and her video work has screened internationally. She currently teaches Media Studies at The New School, New York, mapping viral memes, social media, social activism and superheroes. Interviewed on NPR, Gannett Papers and Womanity on pop culture, girl icons and social media, she consults with organizations on messaging strategies and produces web videos, taglines and interviews. She serves on the Advisory Board for Girls Write Now and SheWrites, and is a frequent contributor to print and online media journals including Afterimage and Women and Hollywood. In 2009 her screenplay, The Lodestar, was a finalist for the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab.
Current projects include TheViralMediaLab.org, a website featuring change-makers, innovators and breakthroughs in social media for social change.
Kathleen Sweeney is a WMC SheSource expert on Education and Social Justice.
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