WMC Social Media Award Nominees 2011
| October 11, 2011
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Faye M. Anderson is a citizen journalist who focuses on the intersection of social media and social change. Faye provides fact-based commentary, and curates news and information that resonate with activists, thought leaders and influencers. Her blog, Anderson@Large, is included in the Harvard University Web Archive Collection, “Capturing Women’s Voices.” Faye is the founder of Tracking Change, a web-based platform to turn hope into action. In recognition of her efforts to foster engagement in the policymaking process, she was awarded a Google fellowship to attend the annual conference of the Personal Democracy Forum. Faye has a J.D. from Stanford Law School, a B.A. in Political Science from the City College of New York, and a Certificate in French Proficiency from the Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Sénégal.
Joanne Bamberger is an author, journalist, political and media analyst, former news anchor and recovering attorney who is the author of the just-published book — Mothers of Intention: How Women & Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America (Bright Sky Press, 2011). Joanne is the founder and writer of PunditMom, the popular site that is the home of Joanne's op-ed commentary about women, politics, culture and current events. PunditMom was a finalist for best political blog in the 2011 Weblog “Bloggies” Awards and was named by BlogHer in 2010 as one of the “must read” political blogs by women. Joanne is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the new site The Broad Side, an online magazine featuring the best women's commentary from around the web. A new media expert and authority on political involvement of women and mothers, Joanne was a regular contributor to AOL’s Politics Daily site, and she writes regularly for The Huffington Post, MOMocrats and Babble Voices. Her political commentary has appeared on CNN, Fox News, ABC's Good Morning America, BBC Radio, and more..
Irin Carmon is a journalist, blogger, and commentator. She is currently a reporter for Salon.com, and was previously a reporter for Jezebel.com, a site published by Gawker Media with two million monthly readers. She has also written for The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, The Boston Globe, The Jerusalem Post, The Village Voice, and numerous travel and Jewish-interest publications. She has appeared on The Today Show, MSNBC, CNN-HLN, and ABC News’ Nightline (watch here), and is a frequent guest on panels and conferences, particularly relating to women.
Lena Chen is a blogger, writer and media producer promoting sex education, healthy relationships, reproductive well-being, and queer rights. She hosts and produces Sex Really with Lena Chen and regularly contributes to SexReally.com, a project of The National Campaign To Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy. As the former Health, Sex, & Relationships expert for Alloy Digital, Lena has given advice via blog and video posts to readers of gURL.com, the award-winning alternative web portal for adolescent girls. Lena graduated from Harvard University in 2010 with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. During her senior year of college, she co-founded the Feminist Portrait Project (formerly Feminist Coming Out Day), an online and on-campus campaign that has since become a part of the Feminist Majority Foundation's campus programming. Lena's original claim to e-infamy was the now-defunct SexAndTheIvy.com, a blog about her sex and love life as a Harvard undergrad. Nowadays, she can be found online at Twitter (@lenachen) and TheChicktionary.com .
Cheryl Contee, Partner at Fission Strategy, specializes in helping non-profit organizations and foundations use social media to create social good. She is also the co-founder of Jack and Jill Politics writing as “Jill Tubman” on one of the top 10 black blogs online. Cheryl is included in The Root 100 list of established and emerging African-American leaders. Fast Company has named her one of their 2010 Most Influential Women in Tech. She previously served as VP and Lead Digital Strategist for Fleishman-Hillard’s West Coast region in San Francisco. Cheryl has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, San Francisco Magazine, BBC, and CNN, among other media appearances. She is also proud to serve on several boards and advisory committees: Netroots Nation, BlogHer, Blogging While Brown, Applied Research Center, and CommonGoods.Net. She received her B.A. from Yale University and has an International Executive M.B.A. from Georgetown University. In her spare time, Ms. Contee enjoys hiking, yoga, movies and tai chi sword.
Sady Doyle founded Tiger Beatdown, writes on the Internet, and makes trouble on Twitter. Currently, she blogs at Tiger Beatdown, which she started in September 2008, along with a fantastic and ever-evolving team. From that blog, she also spearheaded two Twitter protest campaigns. The first was #MooreandMe, in December 2010, which got Michael Moore to drop his misrepresentation and rape-apologism in regard to the Julian Assange case within a week, through the power of @ replies. The second was #DearJohn, a protest of the rape redefinition and denial of abortion coverage to poor women within H.R. 358, which put substantial pressure on the anti-choice right wing and was picked up by lawmakers including Senator Barbara Boxer.
Kimberly Ellis, Ph.D
Affectionately known as Dr. Goddess,” Kimberly C. Ellis, Ph.D., is a true, Renaissance Woman. She is a writer, an entertainer, an entrepreneur, a scholar (American and Africana Studies), and an activist. Dr. Goddess is a writer for TheLoop21.com and her own “Revelations” blog, a former columnist for the Pittsburgh City Paper and is published in the Special Inaugural Edition of Ebony Magazine about the "Real Love" of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Named one of the “Most Influential Black Women on Twitter” by “For Harriet” Digital Magazine and profiled as one of the “Exquisite Women” by The Black Man Can, Dr. Goddess is known for her “Twectures” (Lectures on Twitter) on American and Black History, Popular Culture and Activism. She has also created some of the most memorable trending topics to date, including #FoodiesUnite, #GradChat, #BlkNat, #BlkTheater and the humorous, cult-favorite, #BaracksFlagPin (providing hilariously irreverent translations of President Obama’s speeches). In 2011, Dr. Goddess co-organized “Ask a Sista: Black Women Muse on Politics, Policy, Pop Culture and Scholarship” for NetrootsNation, and spoke at the Online Activist Summit for BloggingWhile Brown and the BlackWeblog Awards in Los Angeles. When it comes to making an impact in Social Media and using one’s voice for scholarship, art, activism and social change, Dr. Goddess is well on her way!
Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning columnist and an international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues. Her opinion pieces have been published frequently in The Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune and her columns appear in several other publications across the world. During the 18-day revolution that toppled Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak, she appeared on most major media outlets, leading the feminist website Jezebel to describe her as “The Woman Explaining Egypt to the West”. Newsweek said she was “in demand as a fresh, female counterweight to all the white-bearded professorial types.” Before she moved to the U.S. in 2000, Ms. Eltahawy was a news reporter in the Middle East, and the first Egyptian journalist to live and to work for a western news agency in Israel. Her public speaking has taken her around the world, including to the first TEDWomen. She has received special awards from the Anna Lindh Foundation, the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media at the University of Denver, Search for Common Ground, American Society for Muslim Advancement, and the European Union. Ms. Eltahawy is a lecturer and researcher on the growing importance of social media in the Arab world, and a member of the Communications Advisory Group for Musawah, the global movement for justice and equality in the Muslim family. .
Fatemeh Fakhraie is an editor, author, and blogger who writes about issues from her perspective as an Iranian-American Muslim woman. She writes about Islamic feminism, Islam, and race for several online and print outlets, including Racialicious, B*tch magazine, and AltMuslimah. In 2007, Fatemeh founded Muslimah Media Watch, a website dedicated to critically analyzing images of Muslim women in global media and pop culture. She is editor-in-chief of the website. Fatemeh is also a published author: in 2009, VDM published her master's thesis as a textbook, and in 2011, she was one of 40 American Muslim women to contribute to I Speak for Myself: American Women on Being Muslim. In addition to writing and editing, Fatemeh lectures and speaks at universities and conventions: she recently spoke at BlogHer '11 on a panel with Carol Jenkins and Ricki Lake.
Tavi Gevinson is the writer of the blog Style Rookie and editor-in-chief of Rookie Magazine, a website for teenage girls. She has also written for Harper's Bazaar, Jezebel, Hello Giggles, Lula, Pop, Style.com, Teen Vogue, Worn Fashion Journal, and an embarrassing diary she recently found from the 6th grade.
Steph Herold is a reproductive justice activist who has worked in direct service abortion care and reproductive health advocacy. She founded the website IAmDrTiller.com to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Tiller and honor the stories of abortion providers. She also founded the blog AbortionGang.org as a space for young people in the reproductive justice movement. Along with two film maker friends, she founded the Safe Abortion Project, filming an abortion clinic in Philadelphia to showcase what safe, compassionate abortion care looks like. Steph's writing has been published on blogs such as RH Reality Check, Jezebel, The Nation and On the Issues magazine. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Abortion Access Fund and a volunteer at the Haven Coalition. In 2009, she was one of 20 recipients of the first ever Our Bodies, Our Selves Women's Health Hero awards and her writing will appear in the 40th anniversary edition. In May 2011, she was awarded the Rosie Jimenez Award from the Women's Medical Fund for her use of social media in de-stigmatizing abortion. She has been named one of the top 15 young feminists nationwide by Campus Progress and is a 2011 New Leaders Council Fellow in New York City. She tweets from the handle @IAmDrTiller and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Shelby Knox is an itinerant feminist organizer who uses social media to create a social justice sisterhood that will, together, manifest real change in the real world. She is currently the Director of Organizing, Women’s Rights at Change.org.
Arielle Loren is a writer and filmmaker that offerssmart commentary on women’s issues, sex, health, and society. Her writing has been featured in Jezebel, Racialicious, Carnal Nation, Vibe Vixen, Clutch, and Frugivore magazine. As a filmmaker, she’s directed and produced Bideology, a feature-length documentary on women dating bisexual men. Professor Henry Louis Gates’ TheRoot.com says the film “explores lessons heterosexual women can learn from men who don’t have a fixed sexual orientation.” Arielle has been a guest on Abiola Abram’s Love, Sex, and Dating show in addition to holding a spot in ForHarriet.com’s 30 Black Women Bloggers You Should Know. She’s also been quoted in AOL Black Voices, Madame Noire, and American Airlines’ Black Atlas. Arielle is a graduate of New York University’s Department of Social and Cultural Analysis and member of Sister Song NYC, a reproductive justice collective for women of color. She uses social media to empower women entrepreneurs and promote positive discourse on gender and sexuality. Follow her on Twitter @arielleloren and friend her on Facebook.
Amanda Marcotte is a feminist journalist, author, and blogger who writes regularly at Pandagon, Slate's XX Factor, and RH Reality Check, in addition to her writing for Slate, Alternet, The Daily Beast, Salon, and other publications. She podcasts weekly about reproductive rights for RH Reality Check. She was named one of Politics Daily's Top 25 Progressives on Twitter, and has used her Twitter list of 9,000 followers (and growing!) to get out the word on a wide range of progressive and feminist issues.
Shireen Mitchell was born and raised in the projects of New York City, playing video games before they could be played on televisions and designing BBS boards and gopher sites prior to the Web going worldwide. As an early adopter and one of the few women of color web designers in the early 90's, Shireen has been involved with tech and networks for over 20 years. She is a consultant, speaker, and trainer in tech, media (including social media), politics and diversity, and founded Digital Sisters/Sistas Inc. and MHG, a web multimedia management firm. She was also the web goddess for Politically Black.com and created the game TechnoDemic, a multimedia competition to help youth learn technology and programming terms. She is involved in various tech events including the Digital Community, Techno Rodeo, Feminism 2.0, Shes Geeky, and TechAdventure DC. has been named one of Fast Company's Most Influential Women in Technology 2010, DC Tech Titan: Thought Leader , The Root 100: Emerging and established African-American Leaders of Excellence and GovFresh's 100+ Women in Government and Technology. I've been awarded the Social Citizen Award: Apps for Democracy DC, Rising Star: Woman of Color in Technology, Heroine in Technology, Community Technology Leader, Black Twitterati and Finalist of the Shorty Awards & a Young Woman of Achievement.
Jen Nedeau is a media relations professional and writer based in New York City. Currently, Jen does traditional and online PR as well as social media strategy for TIME, FORTUNE, MONEY, CNNMoney and LIFE brands. Previously, Jen worked at Air America Media, New Media Strategies, Change.org and as a new media consultant, writer and speaker for a variety of organizations. Jen began her career by studying journalism and politics at The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs in Washington, DC. You can learn more at www.jennedeau.com and follow her on Twitter @JenNedeau.
Miriam Zoila Pérez
Miriam Zoila Pérez is a Cuban-American writer, blogger and reproductive justice activist. She is the founder of Radical Doula, a blog that covers the intersections of birth activism and social justice from a doula’s perspective. You might also know her from her work at Feministing.com, where she is an Editor. Her writing has appeared in The Nation, RH Reality Check, Alternet, The American Prospect, Bitch Magazine and she is a frequent contributor to Colorlines.com. She was chosen as a 2010 Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging LGBT Voice in Non-Fiction. She is a frequent speaker nationwide and has spoken at over 60 colleges and universities on topics related to reproductive justice and feminism. Miriam has received various awards and recognitions for her work, including a 2009 Young Woman of Achievement Award from the Women’s Information Network and a 2010 Barbara Seaman Award for Activism in Women’s Health from the National Women’s Health Network. She was included in a recent MORE Magazine feature about new feminists to pay attention to, Curve Magazine named her Best Activist/Newcomer in 2010 and Latina Magazine profiled her as part of their 15th anniversary “Future 15.”
A certified media junkie, Latoya Peterson provides a hip-hop feminist and anti-racist view on pop culture with a special focus on video games, anime, American comics, manga, magazines, film, television, and music. Her perspectives have been quoted in Essence, The Boston Globe, CNN, The Guardian (UK), the Austin Chronicle, and Newsweek and she regularly speaks on topics of race, gender, and social media. Skilled in interviewing, creative non-fiction, and editorial content, Latoya Peterson spends her time editing the award winning blog Racialicious.com - the intersection of race and pop culture. She was a contributor to Jezebel.com and has written for Spin, Vibe, The American Prospect, The Atlantic Blog, Bitch, Clutch, the Women's Review of Books, Slate's Double X, The Poynter Institute, The Root.com and the Guardian. Her essay, "The Not Rape Epidemic" was published in the anthology Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape (Seal Press, 2008). Latoya is currently working on projects related to race, pop culture, and video games, and will speak for the third time at SXSW Interactive 2011 on issues of technology and social justice. She is a Poynter Institute Sensemaking Fellow, and one of the inaugural Public Media Corps fellows.
Self-proclaimed Ivy League homegirl Sofia Quintero is a cultural activist dedicated to creating socially conscious entertainment across media platforms with an unapologetic hip-hop feminist lens. She has published five novels including her award-winning young adult debut EFRAIN'S SECRET (Knopf, 2010). She co-founded the nonprofit Chica Luna Productions - a Sundance Institute for women of color -- and is developing the television series SANGRIA STREET with Elisha Miranda at their company Sister Outsider Entertainment. Sofia is also the creator of the web series and online social network HomeGirl.TV.
Liza Sabater is a culture pundit, online communications technologist and blog publisher named by Fast Company as one of the most influential women in technology in 2010. She is founder of culturekitchen (2000) a blog described as a progressive's dream with “a little attitude, a lot of scholarship, a good dose of humor and plenty of enlightening stuff”. It is the founding blog of the Feminist Bloggers Network, the Digital Ethnorati Project, Progressive Immigration Caucus and the Progressive. In 2008 Lisa was rated in the top 10 of NowPublic’s MostPublic Index, a list of the 50 most influential individuals in New York’s new media market. Whenever she is not working on her blogs or evangelizing about the social media revolution, Liza returns to her secret identity as her boys' mom in New York City.
Anita Sarkeesian is a feminist pop culture critic who produces an ongoing web series of video commentaries from a feminist/fangirl perspective at FeministFrequency.com. She uses her web show to explore representations of race, gender, sexuality, class and ability in popular culture. Her videos are used as educational tools in classrooms and are screened at conferences and film festivals. She speaks internationally about feminist media criticism, online video production, remix video and fair use.
Melissa Silverstein is a writer, blogger and marketing consultant with an expertise in the area of social media regarding women and Hollywood. She is the founder and editor of Women and Hollywood, one of the most respected sites for issues related to women and film as well as other areas of pop culture. She is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the Athena Film Festival – A Celebration of Women and Leadership at Barnard College in NYC. The second annual festival will take place from February 9-12, 2012. You can follow her on twitter: @melsil.
Lisa Stone co-founded BlogHer, Inc. in 2005. With Lisa as CEO, the company has grown from an idea for a grassroots conference into a diversified media company reaching 26 million unique visitors monthly, and is one of the Top 5 women’s networks online (comScore) with 2,500+ premium blog contributors, the world’s largest in-person events for bloggers, and an award-winning social hub at BlogHer.com. Lisa works across BlogHer on digital and social strategies that partner Fortune 500 brands with a new wave of content creators. Recently BlogHer was named among the AlwaysOn OnMedia Top 100 for 2011, and as one of America’s Most Promising Start-ups by BusinessWeek. Previously, Lisa was executive producer and VP, Programming for Women.com, and then became the first Internet journalist awarded a Nieman Fellowship from Harvard University in 2002. She left the traditional newsroom (Oakland Tribune, CNN) for the Internet in 1997.
Jos Truitt is a Boston native and recent transplant to San Francisco. She is an Editor at Feministing.com where she writes about a range of topics including transgender issues and abortion access. Jos first got involved with organizing when she led a walk out against the Iraq war at her high school. She was introduced to the reproductive justice movement while at Hampshire College, where she was the Student Conference Coordinator for the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program's annual conference "From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom." She has worked on the National Abortion Federation's hotline, was a Field Organizer with Choice USA, and has volunteered as a Pro-Choice Clinic Escort. Jos has spoken and trained at several conferences and college campuses about trans issues, reproductive justice, and the principals of grassroots organizing.
Jos is currently pursuing an MFA in Printmaking.
Kamy Wicoff is the founder of She Writes.com, the largest global online community for women who write, providing resources and tools to its 16,000+ members in all fifty states and more than thirty countries. She is the bestselling author of I Do but I Don't: Why The Way We Marry Matters, described as "sinfully funny and astonishingly brave" by the critic Diane Middlebrook, and her essays have been anthologized in multiple collections, including "About Face: Women Write About What They See When They Look In The Mirror." She has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning and NPR, and in The New York Times and The Washington Post, among other media outlets, and serves on the Board of Directors for Girls Write Now.
Deanna Zandt is a media technologist and the author of Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking (Berrett-Koehler, June 2010). She is a consultant to key progressive media organizations including AlterNet and Jim Hightower’s Hightower Lowdown, and is a Research Fellow at the Center for Social Media at American University. Zandt specializes in social media, is a leading expert in women and technology, and is a frequent guest on CNN International, BBC Radio, Fox News and more. She works with groups to create and implement effective web strategies toward organizational goals of civic engagement and empowerment, and uses her background in linguistics, advertising, telecommunications and finance to complement her technical expertise. She has spoken at a number of conferences, including Netroots Nation, SXSW Interactive, Personal Democracy Forum, the National Conference on Media Reform, Facing Race, Web 2.0 Expo, Bioneers, America’s Future Now (formerly “Take Back America,”) Women Action & The Media, and provides beginner and advanced workshops both online and in person.
In January 2009, Deanna was chosen as a fellow for the Progressive Women’s Voices program at the Women’s Media Center. She also serves as a technology advisor to a number of organizations, including Feministing, The Girls & Boys Projects and Women Action & The Media. She is on the board of the Applied Research Center, a racial justice think tank and home for media and activism.
Julie Zeilinger, an 18-year-old from Pepper Pike, Ohio and Barnard College student, is the founder and editor of The FBomb (thefbomb.org), a feminist blog and community for young adults who care about their rights and want to be heard. The FBomb posts the articles of teenage and college-aged feminists from all over the world about issues such as pop culture and self-image, while also promoting open dialogue about issues like politics and social justice. Julie and the FBomb have been featured in media outlets such as More Magazine, Women's Day, Salon, Bust Magazine and Bitch Magazine amongst others. She is currently writing a book for Seal Press about teenage feminism, entitled A Little F'd Up: Why Feminism Is Not A Dirty Word that is slated for a Spring 2012 release.