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Jen Nedeau: A Woman Making History

March 21, 2010

30 Women Making History In recognition of the 30th anniversary of Women’s History Month, Women’s Media Center is profiling 30 extraordinary women making history. 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? Click here to donate: https://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/937/t/10343/shop/custom.jsp?donate_page_KEY=6015. Jen Nedeau: A Woman Making History by Jehmu Greene At the ripe old age of 25, Jen Nedeau is a writer, feminist activist, social media guru, and the former Director of Digital Strategy at Air America. As a leading young progressive voice, Jen has been invaluable during the launch and maintenance of WMC's Not Under the Bus campaign to protect women's reproductive rights.  Through her compelling writing, effective activism using cutting-edge media tools, and live blogging and Tweeting during the February health care summit, Jen is making sure women's voices are heard as legislators make decisions about the future of health care in America. (Her useful and engaging commentary included Tweets like: #Stupak never showed up to today's summit, but you can see if your member participated in #HCRSummit here: http://bit.ly/bDvstO) Media coverage of health care reform has been, for the most part, a lot of smoke and mirrors; mainstream news outlets give more attention to make-believe death panels than the issues of daily importance to Americans. Jen's recent piece at Not Under the Bus cuts through the hype and provides a much-needed outline of the obstacles to passing reform that doesn't restrict reproductive rights – she's even unafraid of calling out conditional supporters like Senator Dennis Kucinich. She also wrote a fantastic WMC Exclusive back in December, outlining how religion has in many ways hijacked the politics surrounding health care reform: "Somewhere during the circus acts of Sarah Palin, Michael Steele, Rush Limbaugh, and Dick Cheney, a dangerous opening was created for new voices to fill the GOP void of leadership with the opinions of religious leaders...At this point, Democrats like Stupak and Nelson, who is a lay minister in a Christian Church, also appear to be on a religious crusade to disrupt access to abortion within the battle for health care reform." "I never thought that in the year 2010, at age 25, my activism would be defined by the same battles as those in my mother’s lifetime — the struggle over my body and my choice," Jen concluded in her Not Under the Bus piece. Believe me, Jen, nobody thought your generation would have to fight this hard – but thank goodness we've got you on our team.

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