30 Women Making History
March 2, 2010
Happy Women's History Month! The National Women's History Project has declared this year's theme "Writing Women Back into History." Ever wonder how much is missing from our collective past because women's contributions have been given so little real estate in our history books? We want to make sure future histories paint the whole picture. That's why Women's Media Center celebrates women by publishing WMC Exclusives - the untold stories and missing perspectives of women. By providing a journalistic platform for a diverse group of veteran and new writers, paying them for their valuable contributions, and promoting their work, WMC Exclusives ensure that women are engaged - and telling our history as it happens.
For the next 30 days, in recognition of the 30th anniversary of Women's History Month, WMC will profile 30 Women Making History on the WMC blog. Some are alumnae of our Progressive Women's Voices media and leadership training program; others are heroines we have met along the way. All are women who are making history today.
Our goal is to raise $10,000 to support WMC Exclusives -- every dollar raised will go directly toward hiring women writers to comment on major news stories and report topics often neglected by the mainstream media. Will you contribute $30?
Join us in celebrating 30 Women Making History by contributing $30 to Women's Media Center, and watch the campaign progress on our homepage as we work towards our goal of $10,000. Every dollar helps amplify women's voices and change the conversation.
Through original content, advocacy campaigns, and media and leadership trainings the WMC team works tirelessly to ensure that our history is no longer slanted to one side and the contributions of women in all forms of media is recognized. First up is Progressive Women's Voices alumna Avis Jones-DeWeever, Director of the Research, Policy & Information Center for African American Women at the National Council of Negro Women. Scroll down to read how this amazing woman is making history today.
Jehmu & the WMC Team
Avis Jones-DeWeever: Director of the Research, Policy & Information Center for African American Women at the National Council of Negro Women
by Jehmu Greene
Avis Jones-DeWeever is a woman of action who has dedicated her life to social change. From research to policy, she has worked to improve the lives of women in urban communities with access to education and reducing poverty. Avis has written about women and the foreclosure crisis and examined the post-Katrina realities of the women of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.
A highly sought-after speaker and an alumna of Women's Media Center's Progressive Women's Voices program, Avis wrote a WMC Exclusive about the stigma and shame that burdens women diagnosed with HIV/AIDS: http://womensmediacenter.com/blog/2008/03/wmc-exclusive-today%E2%80%99s-scarlet-letter-by-avis-a-jones-deweever/. Avis has also recently discussed immigration PBS's To the Contrary, Hollywood portrayal of black motherhood on the Huffington Post, and the economy on WBAI.
Avis is an inspiration for me and one of the 30 Women Making History WMC will be profiling in March. Make sure you check back every day to read about another amazing woman.