VOTING FOR THE SOCIAL MEDIA AWARD HAS ENDED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE 2012 WOMEN'S MEDIA AWARDS ON NOVEMBER 13 IN NEW YORK.
2012 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 nineteen 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 November 13, 2012 in New York City. To read more about the Social Media Award, click here for our press release. To purchase tickets, click here.
To vote, browse through our randomly-ordered nominees to read about their online work, then fill out and submit your ballot at below right. One vote per person, please! Voting closes October 29.
Luvvie Ajayi, AwesomelyLuvvie.com
Luvvie Ajayi is a writer, social media strategist and trainer. She's been blogging for 9 years, 6 of which have been at her award-winning humor blog, AwesomelyLuvvie.com. As a speaker/trainer, Luvvie's presented at several conferences over the years, including the Nonprofit Technology Conference, BlogHer, Blogging While Brown, Chicago Social Media Summit among many others. Luvvie's passionate about social justice and she's addicted to shoes. She combined these loves and founded The Red Pump Project with Karyn Watkins. Red Pump is a national nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. Their work has earned them a Congressional Record from the U.S. House of Representatives as well as Resolution adopted in their name by the City Council of Chicago.
Veronica Arreola, VivaLaFeminista.com
Veronica I. Arreola is an accomplished blogger, women's rights activist and mother. She is the director of the UIC Center for Research on Women and Gender’s Women in Science and Engineering program. Veronica was a member of the 2012 Nobel Women's Initiative's Central America delegation. She worked with the Chicago Abortion Fund’s innovative My Voice, My Choice leadership group to launch their blog where women who have benefited from CAF’s support discuss reproductive justice issues. An avid sports fan, she launched the “I Pledge to Attend a Women’s Sports Event” Facebook group to urge those who supports women’s sports to get into the stands. Her own blog, Viva la Feminista, focuses on the intersection of motherhood and feminism. Her writing has been featured in many places, she’s spoken to a lot of people and has even won a few awards. Veronica loves using social media to support feminists and their work.
- My first post from the Nobel Women's Initiative Delegation: http://nobelwomensinitiative.org/2012/01/we-will-carry-their-stories/?ref=17516
- My support women's sports Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/support.womens.sports
- Summer of Feminista 2010-2012: http://www.vivalafeminista.com/search/label/summeroffeminista
- I did the initial training for the My Voice, My Choice, My Blog team: http://chicagoabortionfund.blogspot.com/
danah boyd, Danah.org
Dr. danah boyd is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, a Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, a Fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, a Research Fellow of the Born This Way Foundation, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales. Her research examines the intersection of technology, society, and youth culture. Currently, she's focused on privacy, youth meanness and cruelty, and human trafficking. She co-authored "Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media." She's currently working a new book called "It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens."
Stacey Burns, FundAbortionNow.org
Stacey is the Online Communications Manager for the National Network of Abortion Funds, a community activist, a behind-the-scenes organizer, and an all-around flame-fanner who is always ready to seize the hashtag and run with it. At the Network, she has focused on cultivating a passionate, collaborative, incredibly creative and ever-expanding community of activists who use their voices to dismantle the “safe, legal, and rare” paradigm, harness the collective power of grassroots abortion funds as a force for social justice, and "go balls out for abortion access," raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for abortion access online through the National Bowl-a-Thon for Abortion Access. Although the Network is based in Boston, Stacey lives and works in Minnesota, where the presence of Internet cat video festivals and Senator Al Franken compensate for the lack of decent margaritas, and where she's always on the lookout for the next billboard to topple. You can follow her on Twitter @WentRogue for general reproductive rights tweets interspersed with cats and Minnesota politics or @AbortionFunds for straight up dispatches from the hotlines, urgent calls to action, and insufferable bowling puns.
- National Network of Abortion Funds Twitter: http://twitter.com/AbortionFunds
- Personal Twitter: http://twitter.com/WentRogue
- National Network of Abortion Funds Bowlathon: http://bowlathon.nnaf.org
- Facebook campaign against sexist billboards in Minneapolis: http://www.minnpost.com/politics-policy/2010/05/bye-bye-billboards-facebook-campaign-against-racy-ads-gets-quick-results
Jessica (Yee) Danforth, NativeYouthSexualHealth.com
Jessica (Yee) Danforth is a self-described "multiracial Indigenous hip-hop feminist reproductive justice freedom fighter!" A proud Two Spirit youth, she is founder and Executive Director of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network, mobilizing individuals, families, and communities to reclaim their ancestral rights to self-determine decisions over their own bodies and spaces. Jessica chairs the National Indigenous HIV/AIDS Youth Council and the International Indigenous HIV/AIDS Working Group, and is North American co-chair for the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. She is a member of boards and collectives including SisterSong Women of Color for Reproductive Justice Collective, Women on Web/Women on Waves, and Maggie's: Sex Workers Organizing. She is a strong believer in the power of youth voice and agency. You can see her writing on sites like Racialicious, or watch her monologues about activism and justice on TV Ontario. She edited two books, "Sex Ed and Youth: Colonization, Communities of Colour, and Sexuality" and "Feminism For Real: Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism," and writes sexual health articles for Indian Country Today. Jessica has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work.
- The Native Youth Sexual Health Network: http://nativeyouthsexualhealth.com
- I also write for Racialicious: http://www.racialicious.com/who-we-are/
- And write for Indian Country Today: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/?s=Jessica+Danforth
- I guest blogged at Bitch Magazine: http://bitchmagazine.org/profile/jessica-yee
Ann Friedman, AnnFriedman.com
Ann Friedman is a writer, editor, and all-around media maven. Formerly the executive editor of GOOD magazine, she is one of the cofounders of a crowd-funded magazine called Tomorrow. She is also the curator of LadyJournos!, a site that highlights the work of women in media. She writes about politics for New York magazine's website, dispenses journalistic advice at the Columbia Journalism Review, and creates hand-drawn pie charts for The Hairpin. She was for several years the deputy editor of The American Prospect and an editor of Feministing.com. Originally from Iowa, she now lives in sunny Los Angeles.
- LadyJournos! - a site that highlights the work of journalists who happen to be women: http://ladyjournos.tumblr.com
- Tomorrow - a Kickstarter-funded magazine focused on the future: http://tomorrowmag.tumblr.com
- Commentary at AnnFriedman.com. Including several parodies of the media boys' club: http://annfriedman.com
- EditorRealTalk - a GIF blog turned column that dispenses real-world advice for working journalists: http://www.cjr.org/realtalk/
Tamara Winfrey Harris, WhatTamiSaid.com
Tamara Winfrey Harris is a writer living in the Indianapolis area. Her work focuses on race and gender, and their intersection with pop culture and politics. While blogging at What Tami Said, Tamara brought a uniquely black, feminist voice to issues as diverse as the fight for reproductive justice; discussions of allied relationships in social justice; critique of race and gender on TV shows, such as Glee, Mad Men and The New Girl; and the politics of beauty. The popularity of What Tami Said offered Tamara the opportunity to bring her brand of cultural analysis to Ms. and Bitch magazines, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Change.org, Newsweek and Psychology Today. Tamara currently is senior editor at Racialicious; owner and co-editor at Love Isn’t Enough, the only online parenting site focused on anti-racism; and a regular contributor to Clutch and Frugivore magazines. She is working on her first book--a feminist exploration of black women and marriage, and the sexist and racist underpinnings of the “black marriage crisis” narrative.
- Planned, hosted and promoted My Planned Parenthood blog carnival (What Tami Said, in conjunction with Shakesville): http://www.whattamisaid.com/2011/07/my-planned-parenthood-blog-carnival.html
- Planned, hosted and promoted Love Isn't Enough's Images in the River: Black Girls Dialogue: http://loveisntenough.com/2012/03/31/today-at-9-am-et-images-in-river-black-girls-dialogue/
- Article for Bitch magazine--No Disrespect: Black Women and the Burden of Respectability: http://bitchmagazine.org/article/no-disrespect
- Participated in Essence magazine panel discussion on No Wedding, No Womb campaign targeting black women: http://www.essence.com/2010/10/20/join-our-live-chat-no-wedding-no-womb/
Sabrina Hersi Issa, BeBoldMedia.com
Sabrina Hersi Issa is the CEO of Be Bold Media, a digital media firm that uses storytelling to develop online and mobile campaigns for innovators and organizers around the world. She is the creator of Survivor Fund, a political action committee focused on candidates whose policies and platforms support survivors or rape, abuse and sexual assault. She is also the co-founder of EndFamine.com, a community dedicated to seeking sustainable solutions to global hunger launched in response to the famine in the Horn of Africa. Previously, she was a Program Advisor at Afghans for Civil Society, an NGO that developed women’s programs and independent media in southern Afghanistan, worked for National Public Radio and Oxfam America. Sabrina is a board member of The African Future and an adviser to Digital Democracy.
Jessica Luther, SCATX.com
Jessica Luther is a frequent tweeter (@scATX) and blogger. As a loud and proud Texan, she has helped create and now is an editor of the site Flyover Feminism, which highlights people and places rarely covered in mainstream feminist media. As a reproductive rights activist and social media consultant, she has worked with RH Reality Check to try to stop anti-choice legislation throughout the country. She has been called a "Tumblr-starter" (she runs 5, including her reproductive rights blog, Keep Your BS Out of My Uterus). She is a freelance writer and is currently a staff writer at Rant Sports, covering soccer/football through a feminist lens. She's a fan of tennis, a lover of romance novels, and a pretty good biscuit maker. In her spare time, she is finishing her dissertation on slavery, empire, science, and changing ideas about the body in 17th-century Barbados. She also works as a university teacher and educator.
- A list of my media and published works on the internet: http://scatx.com/media-and-published-works/
- My reproductive rights Tumblr: Keep Your BS Out of My Uterus: http://keepyourbsoutofmyuterus.tumblr.com/
- A website which I've helped create and now edit whose goal is to spotlight feminists and activists that mainstream media often ignores, Flyover Feminism: http://flyoverfeminism.com/
- Profile of my internet and reproductive rights activism by Irin Carmon at Salon: http://www.salon.com/2012/03/29/how_to_kill_an_abortion_bill/
Grace Hwang Lynch, HapaMama.com
As a journalist and blogger, Grace Hwang Lynch explores the evolving relationship between immigrant cultures and mainstream America. A former television news reporter, she founded HapaMama in 2008 to give voice to Asian mixed-race family issues. As News & Politics editor for BlogHer, she covers current events and spotlights the voices of women from a diversity of races, religions and ideologies. Whether writing about parenting, food or politics, Grace analyzes her subjects through the lens of culture and ethnicity. Her work has also been published by PBS and Salon, and in 2011, she was named a Twitter account to follow by the Taipei Times. The daughter of immigrants and mother of two young boys, she is an active volunteer for public education issues and the Taiwanese American community. She lives in Northern California with her husband and children.
- Women of Color: The Silent Victims of the Mommy Wars: https://www.blogher.com/women-color-silent-victims-mommy-wars
- Priscilla Chan is Mark Zuckerberg’s College Sweetheart, Not Asian Fetish: https://www.blogher.com/priscilla-chan-mark-zuckerberg-s-college-sweetheart-not-asian-fetish
- Less Photoshop is a Start, How About More Diversity?: https://www.blogher.com/less-photoshop-start-how-about-more-diversity
- The War on Asian Women and White Men: http://hapamama.com/2012/04/03/the-war-on-asian-women-and-white-men/
Zerlina Maxwell, @ZerlinaMaxwell
Zerlina Maxwell is a political analyst and contributing writer for The New York Daily News, Feministing.com, theGrio.com, and EBONY.com. She writes about national politics, candidates, and specific policy and culture issues including domestic violence, sexual assault, victim blaming and gender inequality. She has consulted with the United States Department of State to promote the use of social media by students in the West Bank. She was recently featured in the New York Times as a political twitter voice to follow during this election season. Her writing has also appeared in JET Magazine, on CNN.com, The Huffington Post, The American Prospect, TheRoot.com, Salon.com, and RawStory.com. She is also a weekly guest and fill in host for Make It Plain with Mark Thompson on Sirius XM Left and democratic commentator on Fox News.
- The New York Times, "A Twitter Voice to Follow:" http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/10/a-twitter-voice-to-follow/
- BuzzFeed, "19 People Who Forced Their Way into Political Conversation Through Twitter:" http://www.buzzfeed.com/pwkaplan/19-people-who-forced-their-way-into-the-political
- America.gov, "Young American Blogger Discusses Social Media's Power for Change:" http://www.america.gov/st/peopleplace-english/2011/February/20110225131033m0.2500116.html?CP.rss=true
- EBONY.com, "Stop Telling Women How Not To Get Raped": http://www.ebony.com/news-views/stop-telling-women-how-to-not-get-raped
Emily May, iHollaback.org
Named one of twelve women to watch in 2012 by the Daily Muse, Emily is an international leader in the anti-street-harassment movement. In 2005, at the age of 24, she co-founded Hollaback! (iHollaback.org) in New York City, and in 2010 she became the first full-time executive director. In 2008, Emily won the Stonewall Women’s Award, in 2010 the Women’s Media Center selected her as one of thirty “Women Making History” along with Rachel Maddow, and in 2011 she was selected as one of “21 leaders for the 21st century” by Women’s E-news, won the “40 under 40″ award from the New Leadership Council, and was named an Ashoka “ChangemakHER.” In 2012 she was named one of 20 women “leading the way” by the Huffington Post, a prestigious list that includes Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Diane Sawyer, and Sonia Sotomeyor, and one of Jezebel’s “25 kick-ass and amazing women we love.” Emily has a Master's Degree from the London School of Economics.
Kimberley McLeod, Elixher.com
Kimberley McLeod is a media strategist and LGBT advocate. She serves as the Director of Communications at the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC). She is also the creator of Elixher.com, a resource for multidimensional representations of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) women. McLeod comes to NBJC after overseeing the Communities of African Descent Media program for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). Prior to working at GLAAD, McLeod worked at PEOPLE StyleWatch magazine where her responsibilities included reporting, writing and editing. She has also contributed to various online and print publications. Her work has appeared in Time, Ebony, Essence, theGrio, People, InStyle and Clutch magazines. McLeod graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Sociology and English. She currently serves as the LGBT Task Force Co-Chair of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and has been recognized in GO magazine's 2012 '100 Women We Love.'
- Elixher: http://elixher.com
- Go Magazine, "100 Women We Love:" http://www.gomag.com/article/100_women_we_love3/22
- #whatablacklesbianlookslike: http://www.nbjc.org/whatablacklesbianlookslike
- Elixher on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/_elixher
Janet Mock, JanetMock.com
Janet Mock is a writer, speaker and advocate who uses media as a platform to expand society’s limited portrait of womanhood. After telling her teenage transition story in Marie Claire, Janet yearned for a safe, yet public space of support and sisterhood created by and for trans women - so she launched the #GirlsLikeUs twitter campaign in March. The collective aim of the hashtag is to empower trans women to live visibly and to create the images and words that truly defined their lives. Janet, whose memoir Fish Food will be released in October 2013 by Atria Books, will be honored by the Sylvia Rivera Law Project in 2012 for her advocacy. She attended her hometown college, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, earned her MA in journalism from New York University, and worked as an editor for People.com for more than five years.
- #girlslikeus: https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/%23girlslikeus
- Huffington Post, "A Rallying Cry for CeCe, Paige, and Trans Women Everywhere: Your Lives Matter:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/janet-mock/a-rallying-cry-for-cece-paige-and-trans-women-everywhere_b_1467942.html
- My Journey So Far with #GirlsLikeUs: Hoping for Solidarity, Sisterhood, & Empowerment: http://janetmock.com/2012/05/28/twitter-girlslikeus-campaign-for-trans-women/
- Feministing, "Janet Mock remembers Lorena Escalera at the GLAAD Awards:" http://feministing.com/2012/06/08/janet-mock-remembers-lorena-escalera-at-the-glaad-awards/
Jess Morales, @JessLivMo
Jess Morales is a unique voice in the online organizing community—combining both field and online knowledge, a strong commitment to communities of color, and a big dash of enthusiasm to work for some of the most innovative digital teams in American politics. She is currently the Senior New Media Strategist at the AFL-CIO. Previously, she did a stint at Rebuild the Dream, doing innovative on the ground and digital work in the economic justice movement. A former Engagement Program Manager at Obama for America, she worked to bridge the digital and field efforts through the creation, management, and development of online tools. She’s done stints at Organizing for America and the Democratic National Committee, the New Organizing Institute, and as a student leader with STAND: A Division of the Genocide Intervention Network. Before she began working in politics full time, she was a professional dancer and teacher. She is a proud Southern California native, twin sister, and Mexicana.
- @JessLivMo on Twitter: http://twitter.com/JessLivMo
Amanda Quraishi, muslimahMERICAN.com
Amanda Quraishi is a blogger, interfaith activist and technology professional living in Austin, Texas. She works full time for Mobile Loaves & Fishes, a non-profit organization that addresses the issue of homelessness in the U.S. In 2003 she founded Central Texas Muslimaat, an organization that addresses the unique needs of central Texas Muslim women. She serves on the Board of Directors for Texas Impact, an organization that lobbies the Texas State Legislature on behalf of faith communities, and on the Advisory Board for the Muslim Youth of North America Austin Chapter. In May 2011, Amanda launched a smartphone app called365muslim. She also regularly contributes to the online journals Tikkun Daily, The Religious Left and ILLUMe and blogs about religion and politics on her personal blog muslimahMERICAN.com. In 2011, Amanda was honored with a Statesman Social Media Award, and in 2012, was featured in Giving City Magazine’s New Philanthropists Issue for her dedication to service-based interfaith activism. She is an alumnus of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute housed at the University of Southern California’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture.
Issa Rae, AwkwardBlackGirl.com
Issa Rae is a producer/director/writer/actress who received her B.A. from Stanford University, where she produced and directed four theatrical productions, then took time off from Stanford to attend the New York Film Academy. The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl is Issa Rae's third web series. ABG has been featured on several sites and publications, including Vibe, Clutch magazine, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Essence, CNN, and Vulture. Rae is signed with UTA and 3 Arts Entertainment with plans to turn ABG from a web series into a cable half-hour comedy. Awards for Rae include the 2012 Shorty Award for best #webseries and the MMTC Digital Media Pioneer for Social Justice Award. In July 2011, Rae launched an ABG Kickstarter.com campaign that doubled its $30,000 campaign goal in less than 30 days. You can now catch Season 2 of The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl on Pharrell Williams’ i am OTHER YouTube channel. In addition, she has two other web series, Dorm Diaries and FLY GUYS present the F Word.
s.e. smith, Meloukhia.com
s.e. smith is a writer, agitator, and commentator based in Northern California, with a journalistic focus on social issues, particularly gender, prison reform, disability rights, environmental justice, queerness, class, and the intersections thereof, and a special interest in rural subjects. smith delights in amplifying the voices of those who are often silenced and challenging dominant ideas about justice, equality, and liberation to ensure that all those with a stake in the fight for justice are heard. International publication credits include work for the Sydney Morning Herald, Bitch Magazine, The Guardian, and AlterNet, among many other news outlets and magazines. Riling people up while also informing them about ongoing issues in the world around them is a favorite activity, along with taking any and all opportunities to discuss pop culture. Opening minds, challenging assumptions, and dragging uncomfortable and complex topics into the light is smith’s specialty.
Pam Spaulding, PamsHouseBlend.FireDogLake.com
Pam Spaulding is the editor and publisher of North Carolina-based PamsHouseBlend.com. She launched her blog in July 2004 in response to the anti-LGBT political climate of the time and it is has been become nationally recognized. The Blend earned Best LGBT Blog in both 2005 and 2006 by the Weblog Awards. Pam has appeared as a commentator on CNN and contributed to other progressive and LGBT-focused blogs, including Americablog, Pandagon, Firedoglake, The Rude Pundit, The Bilerico Project, and Glenn Greenwald's Unclaimed Territory on Salon. Pam received the 2006 Distinguished Achievement Award from The Monette-Horwitz Trust for making significant contributions toward the eradication of homophobia. She was also named one of Huffington Post's Ultimate Game Changers in Politics, and received the Women's Media Center Award for Online Journalism and the 2009 Courage Award from the New York City Anti-Violence Project. One of the OUT 100 for the 2009, Pam's House Blend was nominated for the inaugural Best Blog prize at the 2011 GLAAD Media Awards and Pam was honored as one of the nation's 2012 Black History Month Heroes by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.