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Women’s Media Center Announces WMC Progressive Women’s Voices Class of 2014

September 16, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Women’s Media Center announced today that 20 women have been selected for its WMC Progressive Women’s Voices class, the organization’s premier media and leadership training program.  Since the inception of WMC Progressive Women’s Voices, WMC has trained over 152 thought leaders, journalists, and advocates from across the nation.

“The Women’s Media Center works to make sure that who defines the story, who tells the story, and what the story is about, represents women and men equally.  This group of dynamic women is part of our strategy to expand the media talent pool,” said Julie Burton, President of The Women’s Media Center. “Our trainees will receive advanced, comprehensive training and tools to position themselves as media spokespersons in their fields and will be promoted through WMC SheSource – a brain trust of top women experts used by media worldwide.”  Burton continued, “These women reflect diversity visibly absent from the mainstream media within important conversations around national security, health care, immigration, workplace policy, reproductive health, climate change, and other issues that fill the headlines every day.”

Former graduates include frequent cable news commentators Sally Kohn, Maria Theresa Kumar, Zerlina Maxwell, Anu Kristina Bhagwati, Shelby Knox, Courtney Martin, Emily May, Linda Sarsour, Rinku Sen, Amanda Terkel, Jessica Valenti, and many others.

With the WMC’s training and support, WMC PWV experts have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Elle, New York magazine, USA Today, Forbes, Variety, Mother Jones, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Salon, The New Republic, The Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, Reuters, numerous NPR shows and within hundreds of top-tier media outlets.

The Women’s Media Center welcomes the WMC Progressive Women’s Voices Class of 2014:

Ada Mercedes Alvarez, San Juan, PR, is a Board Member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, manages several blogs such as, and is the author of Lo Que No Dije.

Charlene Carruthers, Chicago, IL, is the national coordinator of the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) and is also a political organizer and writer over 10 years of experience in racial justice, feminist and youth leadership development movement work.

Kimberly Ellis, Richmond, CA, has been the Executive Director of Emerge California since 2010. Appointed by the Mayor in 2009, she also served as a Commissioner for the Community Development Commission in the City of Richmond.

Kety Esquivel, Oakley, CA, is Principle of Esquivel McCarson Consulting and Dendelion Strategies. Her work has taken her to China and Ethiopia with the UN Economic Commission for Africa.

Andrea Flynn, Brooklyn, NY, is a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, where she researches and writes about health policy, access to reproductive health care, and inequality in the United States and globally.

Marisa Franco, Phoenix, AZ, is a community organizer, currently directing the #Not1More deportation campaign, which has sought presidential action to stem the deportation crisis.

Elizabeth Dawes Gay, Washington, DC, is the founder of Black Women for Leadership Network. She is also a health and social justice advocate and expert on reproductive and maternal health and women’s leadership.

Marie Alford-Harkey, Westport, CT, is the Deputy Director for the Religious Institute, a national multi-faith nonprofit dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society.

Yasmeen Hassan, New York, NY, is the Global Director of Equality Now and had previously served as their Deputy Executive Director and Director of Programs for three years.

Kwajelyn Jade Jackson, Atlanta, GA, currently serves as the Community Education & Advocacy Manager at Feminist Women’s Health Center (FWHC), where she manages volunteer engagement, community outreach, internship programs, and advocacy works.

Carmille Lim, Honolulu, HI, serves as Common Cause Hawaii’s Executive Director and has done advocacy and community organizing on issues such as good government, women’s rights, social entrepreneurship, and sustainability. 

Morgan Meneses- Sheets, Catonsville, MD, currently serves as the Program Manager for the Reproductive Health Technologies Project where she directs the abortion program, including a national message-training program.

Kathy Miller, Austin, TX, is the President of Texas Freedom Network. She has also served as communications director for the Texas Council on Family Violence and National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Marybeth Onyeukwu, Washington, DC, is DACAmented activist dedicated to amplifying the voices of black immigrants and is also a Board member of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration.

Carmen B. Perez, New York, NY, is currently on the Board of Directors of Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos and recently founded the Justice League, NTC, which will launch a solutions-based 3 day Juvenile Justice Conference.

Alicia Rascon, El Paso, TX, is the Executive Director and Co-founder of Latinitas, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering Latina youth through media and technology, and the editor of, the first digital magazine by and for U.S. Latina youth.

Cristina Tzintzun, Austin, TX, is the Executive Director of Workers Defense Project (WDP), a statewide membership-based workers’ rights organization that is winning better working conditions for Texans.

Dior Vargas, New York, NY, is a Latina feminist mental health activist who works full-time as a Production Manager of International Digital Operations at Barnes & Noble/Nook Media.

Tracey E. Victhers, Milford, PA, serves as Director of Development & Operations for Sexual Health Innovations, a national sexual health and technology non-profit organization.

Jocelyn “Joz” Wang, Los Angeles, California, is the Editor-in-Chief/CEO of which features original, diverse commentary by Asians from around the world.