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Announcing Progressive Women's Voices Second Class of 2011!

August 11, 2011

The Women's Media Center would like to congratulate the 15 women accepted into the second Progressive Women's Voices class of 2011! Now in its fourth year, Progressive Women’s Voices is the premier media and leadership training program serving women in our country. These 100+ women reflect diversity visibly absent from the mainstream media within important conversations around national security, health care, immigration, workplace policy, reproductive rights, climate change, and other issues that fill the headlines every day.

With the WMC’s training and support, PWV experts have been featured in the Washington Post, The New York Times, Elle, New York magazine, USA Today, Forbes, Variety, Mother Jones, the Wall Street Journal, Slate, Salon, The New Republic, the Los Angeles Times; by the Associated Press and Reuters; on Good Morning America, CNN, MSNBC, CBS Nightly News, Fox News, ABC News, CNBC, Bill Moyers, numerous NPR shows; and within hundreds of other top-tier media outlets.

Click here to learn more about Progressive Women's Voices and its alums.

Progressive Women’s Voices 2011 Class 2:

Chai Shenoy

Chai Shenoy is an attorney, a professor, and a legal expert on sexual assault. She is the Sexual Assault Staff Attorney at WEAVE (Women Empowered Against Violence). Chai is also the co-founder of Holla Back DC!, a community-based, volunteer run organization whose aim is to educate and address public sexual harassment and assault in the DC Metro area. Started in April 2009, Holla Back DC! has collected over 500 experiences from DC metro residents experiencing or witnessing street harassment.

Dana Edell 

Dana Edell, Ph.D., is the co-founder and executive director of viBe Theater Experience, a nonprofit performing arts education organization that offers free after-school arts programs to underserved teenage girls in New York City. She has spent more than 12 years creating and running free arts programs for teenage girls of color and have collaborated with hundreds of girls, guiding them to write and perform original theater and music about the issues most relevant and urgent to their lives and experiences. She is also director of SPARK (Sexualization Protest: Action, Resistance, Knowledge).

Elisa Ann Parker 

Elisa Parker is the co-founder, producer and host of the award winning program, See Jane Do. As a social change organization, See Jane Do redefines media for women and the power of story to create positive change. Serving as an activist for women, social justice, and the environment, Elisa’s work takes her around the world to discover and share the extraordinary stories and solutions in each of us.  She hosts her weekly show for nationally acclaimed radio station KVMR and is the co-founder of the Passion Into Action Women's Conference, TEDxGrassValley and the See Jane Do Media Lounge.  Elisa holds a BA in Communications and a MA in Organization Development.

Kate Stence 

Kate Stence is the Communications Manager for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Knowledge for Health project and the Senior Editor and a Contributing Columnist for the International Museum of Women's Her Blueprint. An avid athlete and advocate for girl and women's health, her writing and endurance running support as well as document the advancement of human rights issues that face females worldwide. Her work experiences range from Hillary Clinton's Presidential Campaign to directing a college mentorship program for Future Women Leaders.

Katie Halper

Katie Halper is a comedian, writer, blogger, satirist and filmmaker from and based in New York. Katie is a national leader of Living Liberally and a founder of and comedian in Laughing Liberally, a political comedy collective and Off Broadway show. Katie has performed at  The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Nation Magazine Cruise,  every Netroots Nation. and has appeared on MSNBC, RT, The Alan Colmes Show, Laura Flanders GritTV, The Sam Seder Show, the Marc Maron Show. Katie is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and Alternet, and her work and videos have been featured in Jezebel, Raw Story, The New York Times, New York Magazine,  LA Times. " Katie's award-winning documentary about historical memory in Spain, La memoria es vaga, has been screened throughout Spain and the U.S. Katie was the co-producer of Tim Robbins and DCTV's Embedded Live, and outreach director of Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein's documentary The Take (La toma). Katie is currently editing her next documentary, Another Camp Is Possible, about Camp Kinderland (where Katie went, and her mother and grandmother worked) and their "Peace Olympics," the camp's non-violent and socially conscious alternative to Color Wars.

Katie Stack 

Katie Stack is a graduate student in Gender & Women's Studies who is a vocal supporter of changing the climate of the abortion debate. In December 2010, she appeared on the MTV documentary No Easy Decision and spoke with Dr. Drew Pinsky about choosing abortion when confronted with an unintended pregnancy. The special was created in part to respond to MTV's hit programs , 16 & Pregnant‚ and Teen Mom. As Pinsky says in his introduction to his interview, having an abortion is not uncommon, but talking about it publicly really is. Since appearing on the program, Stack has remained a public voice and has spoken at events in collaboration with Planned Parenthood Advocates, NARAL Pro-Choice America, National Organization for Women, and Exhale.

Kyla Bender-Baird 

Kyla Bender-Baird is the Research and Programs Manager for the National Council for Research on Women, where she acts as the in-house researcher, manages social media outreach, is the managing editor of the Council's blog, and assists in the development and implementation of programming, including a research project on Recovery Act funding for child care in Tennessee and Georgia. She also manages the Council's monthly economic security webinar series. She is the co-founder of the Council's Emerging Leaders Network, offering professional development and networking opportunities to young women working in the non-profit sector.

Lena Chen 

Lena Chen is a Boston-based freelance writer and the author of the blog Sex and the Ivy. She reports on gender and sexuality for a variety of online and print publications, including The American Prospect, The Boston Globe Magazine, The Sydney Morning Herald, Glamour, Salon, and Slate. She hosts and produces Sex Really with Lena Chen and regularly contributes to, a project of the National Campaign To Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy. Previously, she served as the Health, Sex, & Relationships expert on, Alloy Digital's award-winning alternative web portal for adolescent girls.

Monica Rodriguez 

Monica Rodriguez is the president and CEO of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). Ms. Rodriguez works closely with SIECUS‚ funders and Board and manages the vision and programmatic direction of the organization. Over the course of more than 17 years at SIECUS, where she most recently served as vice president for education and training, Ms. Rodriguez has provided speeches, workshops, training, resource development, and technical assistance related to HIV prevention and sexuality education to education and health professionals, decision-makers, and parents both domestically and internationally.

Nancy Schwartzman 

Nancy Schwartzman is the founder and Executive Director of The Line Campaign, a 501 (c) 3 dedicated to empowering young leaders to end sexual violence using original media to inspire action. Recently named one of the 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2011 by Independent Magazine, Nancy's work explores the intersection of sexuality, new media, and navigating partner communication about consent. She is the director and producer of the documentary films The Line (Media Education Foundation, 2009) and xoxosms (May 2011). Schwartzman's film work is rooted in a passion for story telling and new media as she explores the inherent complexities of modern relationships. In founding, an initiative active from 2003-2005, she combined cutting edge mapping technology with community surveys and business participation.

Premilla Nadasen

Premilla Nadasen is an associate professor of history at Queens College and the Graduate Center (City University of New York). Born in South Africa and raised in the United States, she received her Ph.D. from Columbia University. She has been researching and writing about social policy and women of color feminism for over a decade. In addition, she has given numerous public talks about African-American women's history, welfare policy, and community organizing. She was recently named one of the country's Top Young Historians by History Musings

Salamishah Tillet

Dr. Salamishah Tillet is a feminist academic and activist whose writing, combining cultural criticism and literary studies, focuses on race, gender, popular culture, and contemporary issues in the African American community. In 2003, she co-founded A Long Walk Home, Inc., a 501 (c) non-profit that uses art therapy and the visual and performing arts to end violence against girls and women. Since its founding, ALWH has partnered with hundreds of high schools, colleges, and rape crisis centers and helped over 100, 000 survivors and their allies heal from sexual violence. In 2010, she was a finalist for Glamour Magazine's 2010 ‚Women of the Year‚ award for her work to end gender violence.

Sofana R. Dahlan 

Sofana R. Dahlan is CEO and founder of Tashkeil, a Multidisciplinary Center for Culture and Design. Sofana has used her law and business experience to create Tashkeil, a social enterprise that promotes independent designers in order to assist them with their operations, branding, strategic positioning and legal matters. She was chosen this year to participate in the Harvard Executive program, Leading for the Future: The Arab Region in a Changing World. She has written extensively on topics such as women's rights, feminism, social values and interreligious dialogue.

Sofia Quintero 

Sofia Quintero is a novelist, screenwriter and producer whose work crosses genres and garners acclaim. Her latest novel Efrain's Secret (Knopf, 2010) earned raves from Publisher's Weekly, Booklist and Kirkus, was a winner of the Parents‚ Choice Award. Quintero's screenplays have won the San Francisco Black Film Festival and Montage Entertainment Diversity in Screenwriting Award as well as semi-finaled for the ABC New Talent Development Program and the Sundance Screenwriters‚ Lab. She is pursuing an MFA in writing and producing television at the TV Writers Studio at Long Island University.

Zerlina Maxwell 

Zerlina Maxwell is a political analyst and staff writer for The Loop 21, where she writes about national politics, candidates, and specific policy and culture issues. She writes frequently about domestic violence, sexual assault, victim blaming and gender inequality. Zerlina is a contributor for Feministing and is pursuing a J.D. at Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey.