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Over 400 attend The Women’s Media Center 2013 Women’s Media Awards

October 10, 2013

2013 Women's Media Awards Hosted by Lily Tomlin

Honoring Christiane Amanpour, Sheila C. Johnson, Maria Teresa Kumar, Lindy West, MAKERS, a 3-hour documentary event, Women Who Make America and Mary Thom (in memoriam) in New York City

(New York, New York, October 10th, 2013) - The Women’s Media Center 2013 Women’s Media Awards were held Tuesday, October 8th at 583 Park Avenue in New York City.

The 2013 Women’s Media Awards honored: 

  • Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Correspondent for CNN, with the Women’s Media Center Pat Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Pat Mitchell, Women’s Media Center Board Chair Emerita.
  • Sheila C. Johnson, film producer and Founding Partner of Black Entertainment Television, with the Women’s Media Center Visionary Role Model and Corporate Leader Award, presented by Gloria Steinem, Women’s Media Center Co-Founder.
  • Maria Teresa Kumar, Emmy-nominated contributor for MSNBC, and President and CEO of Voto Latino, with the Women’s Media Center Carol Jenkins Emerging Journalist Award, presented by Carol Jenkins, former and founding Women’s Media Center President.
  • MAKERS, a 3-hour documentary event, Women Who Make America, plus a digital platform—the largest video archive of women ever assembled, showcasing thousands of compelling stories, so women will no longer be left out of history, honored with the Women’s Media Center Multi-Media Award for Groundbreaking Contribution to Women, History and America, presented by Robin Morgan, Women’s Media Center Co-Founder.
  • Lindy West, writer, humorist and cultural critic, with the Women’s Media Center Social Media Award, presented by Jane Fonda, Women’s Media Center Co-Founder.
  • Mary Thom, author, Ms. Magazine editor and Women’s Media Center Features Editor (in memoriam) was honored with the first Women’s Media Center Mary Thom Art of Editing Award, presented by Martha Nelson.  

Women’s Media Center President Julie Burton and the 400 guests in attendance toasted Women’s Media Center Co-Founder Gloria Steinem in honor of the Presidential Medal of Freedom that President Obama has announced will be awarded to her.

Celebrities and VIPs attending the annual event included many of the most accomplished and influential women and men in the world of media today. The event was hosted by Emmy, Tony and Grammy award winner Lily Tomlin. Women’s Media Center Co-Founders Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem attended the event. Co-Chairs for the 2013 Women’s Media Awards were: Loreen Arbus, Jewelle Bickford, Lauren Embrey, Jodie Evans, Gloria Feldt, Carol Jenkins, Gayle King, Pat Mitchell, and Martha Nelson.

VIPs attending the Awards this year included: Sally Field, two-time Academy Award-winning actress, producer, director, and screenwriter; Kathleen Turner, Golden Globe-winning actress; Marisa Tomei, Academy Award-winning stage, film, and television actress; Catherine Keener, two-time Academy Award-nominated actress; Rosario Dawson, film actress/activist; Kathy Najimy, actress and comedian; Gayle King, Co-Anchor of CBS This Morning and an editor-at-large for O Magazine, Co-Chair of the Women’s Media Awards; Tyne Daly, Emmy & Tony- winning actress; Lesley Gore, Oscar nominated singer, songwriter and actress; Pat Mitchell, President and CEO of The Paley Center for Media, Women's Media Center Board Chair Emerita, former Women’s Media Award Honoree, Co-Chair of the Women’s Media Awards; Loreen Arbus, first woman to head up programming at a major U.S. network, disability rights activist, producer, Founder and Chair of Women Who Care, Co-Chair of the Women’s Media Awards; Martha Nelson, Editor-in-Chief of Time Inc., former Women’s Media Award Honoree, Co-Chair of the Women’s Media Awards; Carol Jenkins, author, former WNBC Anchor, former and founding President of The Women’s Media Center, contributing writer for The Huffington Post, Board Member of The Women’s Media Center, Co-Chair of the Women’s Media Awards; Lauren Embrey, President and CEO of the Embrey Family Foundation and CEO of Embrey Interests, Ltd., Board Chair of The Women’s Media Center, Co-Chair of the Women’s Media Awards; Julie Burton, President of The Women’s Media Center; Jodie Evans, Co-Founder of CODEPINK/Peace, environmentalist, women's rights and social justice activist, Board Member of The Women’s Media Center, Co-Chair of the Women’s Media Awards; Jeffrey Zucker, President of CNN Worldwide and past president of NBC; Gloria Feldt, The New York Times best-selling author, speaker, commentator, and feminist leader, Co Founder and President of Take The Lead, Co-Chair of the Women’s Media Awards; Jewelle Bickford, Partner and Wealth Adviser at Evercore Wealth Management, , Board Member of The Women’s Media Center, Co-Chair of the Women’s Media Awards; Jane Wagner, Emmy Award-winning writer, director and producer; Tamsen Fadal, Emmy Award-winning Anchor, PIX 11 News; Rachael Kun Morehouse, Emmy-winning Associate Producer, 60 Minutes; Tim Morehouse, U.S. Olympic Silver Medalist and E! News Correspondent; Blake Morgan, musician, singer-songwriter, music producer, and CEO of ECR Music Group; Janita, recording artist, singer-songwriter; Patricia Bosworth, noted journalist, biographer and contributing editor, Vanity Fair; Francine LeFrak, award-winning theatrical, television and film producer, entrepreneur and philanthropist; Elizabeth Sackler, President and CEO of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation and the founding president of the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; Susan Fales-Hill, award-winning writer, memoirist and television producer; Elinor Tatum, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, Amsterdam News; Lori Sokol, Founder and Publisher, Sokol Media Inc., contributing writer for The Huffington Post, and Board Chair, Women’s eNews; Suzanne Braun Levine, first woman Editor of the Columbia Journalism Review and the first Editor of Ms. Magazine; Maya Harris, Vice President for Democracy, Rights and Justice at the Ford Foundation; Geneva Overholser, Professor and former Director of the School of Journalism at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; Roger Hickey, Co-Director of the Institute for America's Future; Lee Wasserman, Executive Director of the Rockefeller Family Fund; Julie Zeilinger, blogger and feminist writer, founder of the feminist blog, The F Bomb, author of the book A Little F'd Up: Why Feminism is Not a Dirty Word; Sarah Nir, reporter and columnist for The New York Times; Stacey Tisdale, Business Correspondent, Al Jazeera America; Richard L. Wolffe, Vice President and Executive Editor of MSNBC.com; and David Corn, Washington Bureau Chief of Mother Jones, and MSNBC Analyst; Gemma Sieff, Culture Editor, Town & Country;  Greg Kelly, Co-Host of Good Day New York; Rashida Jones, Executive Producer of MSNBC’s Jansing & Co; Sharon F. Johnson, Producer, CBS News; Gina Giordan, Host & Executive Producer of AMC’s In The Mixx; Mitchell Gold, co-founder of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams furniture; Corky Hale Stoller, acclaimed singer and musician and Mike Stoller, songwriter and musician.

The Women’s Media Center 

The Women’s Media Center works to make women visible and powerful in media. The Women’s Media Center trains women experts to be in the media; promotes women experts in the media, does groundbreaking research and reporting on media inclusion and accuracy; produces media style guides, such as the first ever to cover reproductive issues (especially important now that reproductive freedom is under attack in states across the country); and documents and reports sexualized violence as a tool of war in Syria and other conflict regions. Its publication, The Status of Women in U.S. Media Report, is now the industry standard on where women stand, and serves as a map to where women need to go.  

“The Women’s Media Center exists to change the status of women in media. Because 51 percent of our population is women, and only 3 percent of all clout positions in media are held by women, the Women’s Media Center Awards were created to honor champions for women who use their media platforms to tell the stories, facts, and solutions crucial to all viewers, and to advance opportunities for women in media,” says Julie Burton, President of the Women’s Media Center. “Because media tells our stories and influences the role of women in every part of society, we are proud to honor these amazing women who set the standard for what media should look like when it gives voice to the female half of the country.”

For more information about the Women’s Media Center go to: http://www.womensmediacenter.com/. For more information about WMC Live with Robin Morgan go to http://www.wmclive.com/

For press information about The Women’s Media Center, contact Cristal Williams Chancellor at: cristal@womensmediacenter.com, 202-587-1636 or 301-467-4938.

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