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Gloria Steinem, Women’s Media Center Congratulate Martha Nelson

December 19, 2012

Photo credit: Jenny Warburg

Gloria Steinem presents Going the Distance Award to Martha Nelson during last month’s Women’s Media Awards in New York City.


For Immediate Release


WASHINGTON, D.C –The Women’s Media Center congratulates Martha Nelson on being named editor-in-chief of Time Inc., the first female head in its 90-year history.

Nelson has worked for Time Inc. for 20 years and has been editorial director since 2010. She will assume her new role in January.

“As someone who was a freelancer asked to write an essay in Time’s first cover story on feminism -- there were no women on staff to do it -- I can say this is a huge leap forward,” said Gloria Steinem, Co-Founder of The Women’s Media Center.  “Even Clare Booth Luce couldn't change Henry Luce's rule that at Time, women researched and men wrote. As an editor at Ms. magazine when Martha Nelson joined us, I also know this will be great for readers of every magazine under her. She is a first-class journalist who looks at the world as if everyone mattered.” 

Time Inc., one of the largest media companies in the world, is the publisher of magazine titles such as Time, People, InStyle and Sports Illustrated.

"Martha Nelson sets the standard for what media should look like when it gives voice to the female half of the country.  Last month, we honored Martha Nelson with The Women's Media Center Going the Distance Award to celebrate her outstanding achievements and contributions to advancing women's and girls' visibility and power in media.  Today she shattered another glass ceiling — The Women's Media Center congratulates Martha Nelson as the first woman Editor-in-Chief of Time, Inc.,” said Julie Burton, President, The Women's Media Center.

Martha Nelson's past honors include being named “Editor of the Year” by Adweek in March, 2006, and Forbes magazine featured her as one of the “World’s Most Powerful Women” in 2004, 2005 & 2006. In 2005, Media Industry News (MIN) recognized her as one of the media industry’s “21 Most Intriguing.” Nelson was honored with the Jenifer Estess Award by Project A.L.S. in October 2007. In September 2009, Nelson was honored at Variety’s Inaugural Power of Women Luncheon.

The Women's Media Center works to make women and girls visible and powerful in the media through strategic programs aimed at transforming the media landscape including media training, media monitoring and activism, original media content, media reports, media programs & initiatives. The organization was founded in 2005 by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Steinem.


For more information, contact Cristal Williams Chancellor, Media Relations Manager, cristal@womensmediacenter.com or 202-587-1636.