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Women’s Media Center Launches 2010 Progressive Women’s Voices Media and Leadership Training Program

February 10, 2010

WMC Founders Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem and Robin Morgan to Serve on Selection Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Rebekah Spicuglia Women's Media Center 212-563-0680 rebekah@womensmediacenter.com

February 10, 2010 (New York, NY) – Women’s Media Center is thrilled to announce the launch of its 2010 Progressive Women's Voices (PWV) media and leadership training program. Now in its third year, PWV trains and mentors emerging political commentators to ensure there are plenty of qualified, authoritative, progressive women experts available to the media.

“Women’s Media Center is changing the conversation about women in the media, making sure progressive women are visible, powerful and consistently commenting on the important issues of the day,” said WMC President and PWV alumna Jehmu Greene. “Given the caliber and popularity of the program over the past two years, we expect a diverse and experienced pool of applicants to this highly competitive program.” Thirty women will be selected for Progressive Women’s Voices in 2010, chosen by a committee that includes WMC founders Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem, Robin Morgan, and WMC board members. Women who graduate from the program leave with a sophisticated understanding of the current media climate, effective interview presentation and techniques, and the skills to serve as thought leaders in their fields. With PWV and SheSource – a database of more than 500 progressive women experts – WMC has become the go-to resource for editors, reporters, producers, and bookers seeking knowledgeable women commentators. Every day, PWV alumnae are making significant contributions on important issues like health care reform, national security, and most recently the devastation in Haiti. PWV alumnae have achieved more than 5,000 media hits in national, top-tier media outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, CNN, MSNBC, and hundreds more. To see the real impact Progressive Women's Voices is having, watch this video. The application deadline for the first class is February 28, with trainings to be held April 16-18 and May 14-16 in New York City. Travel, accommodation, and training expenses are paid for completely by WMC. Women representing diverse backgrounds, areas of expertise, professions, ethnicities, ages, geographical regions and levels of experience are encouraged to apply (including those who have previously applied). For more information, or to apply for the program, visit our website. To speak with WMC President Jehmu Greene about PWV 2010, please contact Rebekah Spicuglia, (212) 563-0680, rebekah@womensmediacenter.com.

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