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Name It. Change It. Campaign Launches into Action

August 31, 2010

Today from the Paley Center for Media in New York City, Women's Media Center joins forces with Women's Campaign Forum Foundation and Political Parity to launch a crucial campaign in the fight for equality - Name It. Change It. This ground-breaking national campaign will ensure accountability through a coordinated rapid response network to dramatically decrease incidences of media misogyny directed at women running for elected office.  The Name it. Change it. project aims high: To remove one of the most serious barriers to America’s representative democracy.  And the campaign could not come at a more necessary time. Just days after the 90th anniversary of women’s right to vote, the U.S. still ranks 86th in the world for the number of women in Congress. 51% of Americans are women, but we only hold 17% of the seats in Congress, and 24% of State Legislature seats. And it’s no coincidence that hostile portrayals and sexist media scrutiny affect voter outcomes. Women candidates running for office during November’s midterm election have already begun to experience one of the biggest obstacles to their electoral success: The toxic manner in which they are portrayed in the media. To watch the livestream of the campaign launch, visit www.nameitchangeit.org, www.womensmediacenter.com, www.wcffoundation.org, or this blog post at 11 AM today, August 31. Speakers will include Women’s Media Center President Jehmu Greene, Women’s Campaign Forum President Sam Bennett, and Political Parity co-chair and former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey.  We will be livetweeting the event as well as fielding questions for the speakers though Twitter and Facebook until 11 am, so be sure to join us online. We hope you will join us as we gear up to fight sexism in politics so as to amplify women's voices and change the conversation.

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