VOTING FOR THE SOCIAL MEDIA AWARD HAS ENDED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE 2013 WOMEN'S MEDIA AWARDS ON OCTOBER 8 IN NEW YORK.
2013 WOMEN'S MEDIA CENTER SOCIAL MEDIA AWARD
As part of this year's Women's Media Awards, the Women's Media Center is opening voting for its Social Media Award to the public. Cast your vote today for one of these incredible bloggers, social media gurus, activists, and new media makers for gender justice! The winner will be honored at the Women's Media Awards on October 8, 2013 in New York City. To purchase tickets, click here.
To vote, browse through our nominees to read about their online work, then fill out and submit your ballot at below right. One vote per person, please! Voting closes September 24.
Janine Brito, JanineBrito.com
JANINE BRITO is a stand up comic, and a writer and on-air correspondent on the FX series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, produced by Chris Rock. Janine started doing standup comedy in St. Louis and has performed at clubs and theaters throughout the US and Hong Kong. A rising star on the San Francisco scene, she is the winner of the 2009 SF Women's Comedy Competition, and recipient of Rooftop Comedy's 2010 Silver Nail Award. Praised by 7x7 Magazine as "one of SF's more daring voices" and one of "the 7 funniest people in town," she was named the 2011 “Best Comedian with a Message” by the East Bay Express. Along with fellow bay area comics W. Kamau Bell and Nato Green, Janine is a member of “Laughter Against the Machine,” a grassroots comedy tour and forthcoming documentary film. Her recent festival appearances include Sketchfest, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival and the Glasgow International Comedy Festival. W. Kamau Bell calls her “a sarcastic, snarky smart bomb of comedy funk straight from the 80's,” and the SF Weekly says she’s “a mean lesbian,” but she’s pretty sure that they mean it in a good way.
T.F. Charlton, Are Women Human?
T.F. Charlton is a writer, editor, and researcher whose work focuses on the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality in American culture. She is the editor of Are Women Human?, which she founded in 2012 to bring an antiracist and queer feminist perspective to critiques of misogyny in U.S. Evangelical Christianity, and give voice to her experiences as a Black, 1.5 generation Nigerian immigrant growing up in predominantly white, conservative, patriarchal churches. She is an Associate Research Fellow at Political Research Associates, tracking pushback from the U.S. Religious and Political Right against racial, gender, and LGBTQ justice. Her writing has been featured in The Guardian, Salon, Religion Dispatches, R.H. Reality Check, Ebony.com, and other outlets. A graduate of Duke University and former Ph.D. Candidate in Harvard's History of Science program, she lives in the Boston area with her husband and daughter.
Sandra Criswell, OK4RJ
Sandra Criswell is a red state reproductive justice organizer based in Oklahoma and Kansas. She is an organizer and editor for Oklahomans for Reproductive Justice (OK4RJ), where she also serves on the board of directors, as well as the Communications and Think Tank committees. In addition to her work at OK4RJ, Sandra is a founding organizer of the annual Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice Conference in Norman, OK. She is currently working on a Red State Organizer Toolkit for her Generative Fellowship with CoreAlign, where she is also a Regional Organizer for Oklahoma and north Texas.
Renee Davidson, Collective Action for Safe Spaces
Renee Davidson is a feminist activist and writer based in Washington, DC. She serves as Communications Director for Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS), formally HollaBackDC, a grassroots organization that works to prevent street harassment in DC. Renee uses social media to amplify the voices of survivors of sexual violence and to empower the local community to take a stand against sexual harassment and assault. She has been involved in numerous campaigns to fight rape culture, including the international #FBrape movement, and has successfully led efforts to pressure high-profile companies like Lego, Yes to Carrots and BareMinerals into ditching their pro-street harassment or sexist marketing. She has been interviewed extensively on the topic of street harassment and her writing has been published by Ms., Salon, Bitch Magazine, PolicyMic, Fem2pt0 and more.
Hannah Jacobs, Family Member Inc.
When Hannah Jacobs youngest daughter Molly was diagnosed with an Intellectual Disability in 1997, Hannah left her position as Senior Vice President of Christie's auction house to focus on Molly's needs. Since then, Hannah has worked as an advocate combating Internet hate speech that targets special needs and disability. Hannah’s advocacy work led her to create Family Member Inc, a 501c3 organization dedicated to eradicating hate speech targeting children and adults with special needs. Hannah’s work has helped to remove many websites, groups and pages from the Internet that were set up to make a mockery of kids with Down Syndrome, Autism and Intellectual Disability. Her work has taken her to the White House and to the offices of Facebook, ensuring that the voices of the most vulnerable among us are heard. Hannah is the recipient of the 2011 Visionary Leadership Award from Resources for Children with Special Needs in NYC. Hannah and Family Member Inc ensure that each and every person living with a disability is portrayed honestly in social media and in entertainment. Through education she hopes to move the conversation from ignorance to acceptance.
Adrienne Keene, Native Appropriations
Adrienne Keene is the author of Native Appropriations, a blog dedicated to pushing back against stereotypes and misrepresentations of Native peoples. As a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Adrienne is passionate about reframing how the world sees contemporary Native cultures. Through her writing and activism, she questions and problematizes the ways Indigenous peoples are represented in fashion, the media, and pop culture--asking for celebrities, large corporations, and designers to consider the ways they incorporate "Native" elements into their work. Her writing has also been featured on Racialicious, Sociological Images, Bitch Magazine, Indian Country Today, and more. Outside of the blog, Adrienne is a doctoral student in Culture, Communities, and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where her research focuses on Native students navigating the college application and transition processes, highlighting stories of resilience and success.
Tamura A. Lomax, The Feminist Wire
Tamura A. Lomax received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in Religion, where she specialized in African American Religion, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, African American and Diaspora Studies, and Black British and U.S. Black Cultural Studies. Her research is concerned with race, gender, representation, religion and black popular culture. She is specifically interested in the ways that linguistic and representational technologies of power construct and institutionalize ideas of race and gender and how these ideas not only establish notions of innate difference, but ultimately effect black women and girls in their everyday lives. She’s also concerned with how structural, communal and interpersonal ideas of race and gender in general and black woman/girlhood in particular get reproduced and exchanged between black religion and black popular culture, sometimes producing and igniting epistemic and/or material violence. She is the author of several essays and is currently at work on two book projects: An edited volume entitled (Re)Presentations: Womanist and Black Feminist Responses to Tyler Perry’s Cultural Productions (under review), co-authored with Rhon S. Manigault-Bryant and Carol B. Duncan, and her first single authored monograph, Loosing the Yoke: Black Feminist Readings of Black Religion and Black Popular Culture (under review). She is CEO and co-founder, along with black feminist Hortense Spillers, of The Feminist Wire, an international feminist news site made up of over 25 scholar/activists, founded in 2010, with a weekly readership of 50,000-70,000 unique visitors and over one million per year.
Shanelle Matthews, ShanelleMatthews.com
Shanelle Matthews is a journalist, blogger and all-around digital enthusiast. Formerly of Forward Together, she is the now the Communications Strategist at the ACLU of Northern California where she is tasked with creating visibility for the legal and programmatic work happening on the ground. Shanelle writes on the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality and has been published in a wide variety of magazines and newspapers including Women’s eNews, The Root, Feministing, RH Reality Check and The Frisky. She studied new and online media at the Manship School of Mass Communications and is on the board of directors of the National Network of Abortion Funds. She is also co-editor of Birthing Justice — Saving Our Lives, an anthology of critical essays and personal testimonies exploring childbirth from a radical social justice perspective, slated for print in the fall 2014
Patricia Valoy, Womanisms
Patricia Valoy is a Dominican women’s rights advocate, blogger, and radio host, as well as a Civil Engineer. She is an outspoken supporter for girls considering careers in the fields of STEM. She is also a co-host of the weekly radio show “Let Your Voice Be Heard!” where she discusses social and political issues affecting young, urban progressives and was recently featured as a guest panelist on the NPR show “Latino USA with Maria Hinojosa.” Among other things, Patricia has been known to write about embracing feminism as a Latina, stereotype threat in male dominated fields, and sexual harassment in the construction industry. Her work can be found on Everyday Feminism, STEMinist, DoubleXScience, and Flyover Feminism. She is a graduate of Columbia University with a degree in Civil Engineering. In her spare time she enjoys watching The Discovery Channel, re-reading “In the Time of the Butterflies”, and indulging in beauty treatments. For more information, read Patricia’s blog Womanisms.
Jocelyn "Joz" Wang, 8Asians.com
A writer who embraced blogging at its onset, Jocelyn “Joz” Wang is known online– and offline– for her personal blog, jozjozjoz.com, which has been online for over a decade. As a digital entrepreneur creating spaces for under-represented voices, she is Editor-in-chief/CEO of the popular collaborative online publication 8Asians.com, which features original, diverse commentary by Asians from around the world. She is also a contributor to blogging.LA, flagship site of the Metblogs Network. In 2011, she acquired Metblogs and now runs the entire international network—consisting of over 50 sites worldwide— as its Publisher/CEO. In 2012, Joz became the Founder and Executive Director of V3con: the V3 Digital Media Conference which celebrates and expands the “Vision. Visibility. Voice.” of diverse journalists, media professionals and digital enthusiasts. Bringing together more than 500 people from around the world, Joz was honored with the first “V3 Voice Award,” for giving voice to Asian Americans and helping others find their voices online. Leading the Los Angeles Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), Joz was recently recognized as “Chapter President of the Year,” while simultaneously serving on the AAJA National Advisory and Governing Boards.
Wagatwe Wanjuki, F*@* Yeah Feminists
Wagatwe Wanjuki is a feminist activist who first learned the power of new media while campaigning to reform the sexual assault policy as a student at Tufts University. Since then she's used her social media experience to support various campaigns such as the anti-ALEC campaign at ColorOfChange and the civil rights education campaign Know Your IX to empower survivors of campus sexual violence and allies. She blogs at F*@* Yeah Feminists, one of the first and most popular feminist blogs on Tumblr with over 31,000 followers and counting. She's currently lives in New Jersey, where she is a student at Rutgers University and the Online Community Manager at RH Reality Check.
Lindy West, LindyWest.net
Lindy West is a humorist, cultural critic, and fat activist currently employed as a staff writer at Jezebel.com. She specializes in trenchant, disarmingly funny polemics on gender dynamics, politics, social justice, comedy, and human bodies. Before joining the Jezebel staff, Lindy spent seven years writing arts criticism for the Stranger, the Seattle newsweekly helmed by Dan Savage. She is a frequent guest on various NPR affiliates; she once went on Canadian primetime news (live!) to make fun of Titanic; and in 2013 she appeared on FX's Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell to debate the cultural implications of rape jokes, which helped spark a (surprisingly productive) internet firestorm. Lindy's writing has also appeared in Slate, GQ, the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the New York Daily News, Vulture, msnbc, and others. She spends a lot of time on Twitter calling BS on BS. So far she has never run out of BS to yell about.