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Congratulations To The Women’s Media Center’s Progressive Women’s Voices Class of 2012

| September 10, 2012

Congratulations to our Progressive Women's Voices New York class of 2012!

Progressive Women’s Voices is the premier media and leadership training program for women in the country. Participants represent a range of expertise and diversity across race, class, geography, sexual preference, ability, and generation. They receive advanced, comprehensive training and tools to position themselves as media spokespeople in their fields, thereby changing the conversation on issues that fill headlines. Graduates join a supportive network of alumnae who support each other in their media goals.

With the WMC’s training and support, over 100 Progressive Women’s Voices 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.

Introducing the PWV NY Class of 2012:

Chloe Angyal (New York, NY)

Chloe is a freelance writer and blogger from Sydney, Australia currently based in New York City. She is an editor at Feministing, the world’s most-read feminist publication, which provides thoughtful analysis of politics, popular culture, and the state of feminism today. At Feministing, Chloe founded the Feministing Five interview series, for which she interviewed a diverse range of activists, writers, comedians, and politicians, including Senator Al Franken, Rachel Maddow, Alice Walker, and Melissa Harris-Perry. Chloe’s writing has been published in numerous online and print outlets, including Slate, The Atlantic, Salon, Jezebel, The American Prospect¸ Foreign Policy Magazine, The Guardian, GOOD, and The Christian Science Monitor. She writes about a range of issues, with a particular focus on body image, depictions of women and gender in media, and how politics affects young women. Follow her on Twitter @chloeangyal.

Jessica Arons (Washington, DC)

Jessica is the director of the Women’s Health and Rights Program and a member of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at American Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, she worked at the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, the labor and employment law firm of James & Hoffman, the Supreme Court of Virginia, the White House, and the 1996 Pennsylvania Democratic Coordinated Campaign. She currently serves on the boards of the Virginia ACLU and the advisory board of Law Students for Reproductive Justice. Jessica has been seen on MSNBC, Fox News, and ABC News; heard on NPR and Clear Channel radio; quoted by the Associated Press, the Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal; and featured in The Baltimore Sun, The Nation, Politico, Slate, the Huffington Post, and RH Reality Check. Her publications include More Than a Choice: A Progressive Vision for Reproductive Health and Rights and Future Choices: Assisted Reproductive Technologies and the Law. Follow her on Twitter @jrarons.

Anu Kristina Bhagwati (New York, NY)

Anu is the Executive Director and co-founder of Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN). A former Captain and Company Commander, Anu served as a Marine officer from 1999-2004 and was the second women to complete the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program instructor trainer school, earning a black belt in close combat techniques. Under Anu’s leadership, SWAN has spearheaded legislative reform and litigation to end military rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and domestic violence, and to eliminate all barriers to equal opportunity for service women. Anu has testified before Congress, advised the White House and the United Nations, and has spoken to countless audiences on challenges faced by military women. A regular contributor to the media, Anu has been featured on Piers Morgan Tonight, the CNN Situation Room, MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, NPR, the BBC, The New York Times, the Washington Post, Time, and Newsweek. Follow her on Twitter @servicewomen.

Sunny Clifford (Kyle, SD)

Sunny is a self-proclaimed advocate for Native American females on reservations and feels that she can speak for many of them, as she has shared their experiences firsthand. Sunny is also one of the main characters in an upcoming documentary, “Youth Lakota,” about three young Lakota people living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. In the film, audiences will see Sunny gain awareness of women’s rights and politics as she joins in a fight for reproductive rights, led by Cecelia Fire Thunder, the first female president of her tribe. Since filming ended, she has continued her journey of learning about women’s rights in politics and American society. Follow her on Twitter @SunnyClifford.

Brittney Cooper (Highland Park, NJ)

Dr. Brittney Cooper is an assistant professor in the departments of women’s and gender studies and Africana studies at Rutgers University beginning Fall 2012. Currently, Brittney is completing her first book project, Race Women: Gender and the Making of a Black Public Intellectual Tradition, 1892-Present, which will interrogate the rise of Black female public intellectuals. Her work looks at issues like the feminist implications of Janet Jackson’s 2004 Super Bowl mishap and the importance of Michelle Obama in the tradition of Black female leadership. Brittney is also co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective, a feminist of color scholar-activist group that runs a successful blog. The CFC blog has been acknowledged by the Los Angeles Times,, Clutch magazine, and New York Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @ProfessorCrunk.

Laura Michelle Jimenez (Los Angeles, CA)

Laura is the Executive Director of California Latinas for Reproductive Justice based in Los Angeles, California. Laura began her career with the National Latina Health Organization in Oakland, CA where she led a girls mentorship program and initiated a collaboration between the organization and UC Berkeley to offer a class titled, “Redefining Latina Health: Body, Mind, and Spirit,” as well as an intergenerational conference on Latinas, Sex, and Sexuality. She travelled to New York to initiate  the same class at Hunter College and began working as the Development Officer with the Dominican Women’s Development Center in Washington Heights. During her time with SisterSong, she co-coordinated two conferences and established the Latina Encuentro, a gathering of Latina leaders in the Southeastern Region. Follow her on Twitter @jimenezlaura.

Natalia Oberti Noguera (New York, NY)

Natalia is the founder and CEO of the Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing bootcamp for women philanthropists. The Pipeline Fellowship works to increase diversity in the U.S. angel investing community and create capital for women social entrepreneurs. Natalia is fluent in English, Spanish, Italian, and French (and is proficient in Russian and determined to learn Mandarin). She has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Dowser, Forbes CSR Blog, ForbesWoman, Mashable, New Prosperity, Reuters Money, TechCrunch, and The New York Times. Natalia was named to the Forbes list “Top 20 Women for Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter” and was selected as a Readers Pick for HuffPost Tech’s “26 Women in Tech You Need to Follow on Twitter.” Follow her on Twitter @nakisnakis.

Sarah Seltzer (New York, NY)

Sarah is a journalist and writer and currently serves as the Associate Editor at AlterNet, where she runs the fast-paced “Hot News and Views” blog several times a week, curates the Health section, edits stories, and writes regularly on the war on women, activism, and popular culture. She is also a regular contributor to the Jewish Daily Forward’s Sisterhood blog, where she covers feminist political, social, and cultural issues. She previously worked for Women’s eNews and RH Reality Check. Sarah’s work has appeared in venues such as the Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, Ms. Magazine, and NPR, and on the websites of The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Salon, The Nation, the Women’s Media Center, The Wall Street Journal, Jezebel, The Daily Beast, and Mother Jones. Follow her on Twitter @fellowette.

Deborah Jiang Stein (Minneapolis, MN)

Deborah is an author, educator, and public speaker. She is the author of the memoir, Even Tough Girls Wear Tutus: Inside the World of a Woman Born in Prison. Other publication credits include fiction and poetry published in various small press literary magazines and several anthologies. Deborah has made various speaking, reading, radio, and television engagements, including NPR, MPR, Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg, West Virginia, numerous Federal and State prisons, and as they keynote in numerous conferences. Deborah is the founder of The unPrison Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving incarcerated women and their children to help reduce incarceration and improve quality of life post-prison. Deborah’s expertise is based on life lessons, including marginalized women and youth, prisons and juvenile detention centers, and the women and girls inside. Follow her on Twitter @deborahdash.

Rebecca Vilkomerson (Brooklyn, NY)

A New Jersey native, Rebecca initially settled in San Francisco where she worked for several years in organizations focusing on welfare rights and homeless family rights, most significantly at the Homeless Prenatal Program. She helped found the People’s Budget Collaborative, which brought together progressive constituencies to work together on local budget issues. After years at the local level, she became the founding director of the California Partnership, a coalition of about 120 local community organizations that came together to advocate on state issues in California around the budget, health care, welfare, and child care. In 2006 she moved with her family to Tel Aviv, Israel, where she worked with a Jewish-Bedouin environmental rights organization and a Palestinian Israel educational think tank. In 2009 she returned to New York and became Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace, an organization of which she has been a member since 2002. Follow her on Twitter @jvplive.