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Teen Winner of Video Contest for WMC to Give Address at National Press Club

October 5, 2012

Media Advisory

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The winner of the 2012 Girls’ State of the Union contest for The Women’s Media Center will deliver her winning address during a program Thursday that will also feature a special introduction by Gloria Steinem.

Adora Svitak of Redmond, WA., will speak during the 10 a.m. program in the Edward R. Murrow Room at the National Press Club on the “Day of the Girl.” The Girls’ State of the Union video contest shines a light on girls as problem solvers and media leaders. Like the President’s State of the Union address, the Girls’ State of the Union allows girls discuss what the country’s priorities should be.

“The Women’s Media Center is so proud to recognize as Adora as our first Girls’ State of the Union Video Contest winner and to have her deliver her exceptional speech in person,” said Julie Burton, President of The Women’s Media Center. “This contest is part of WMC’s commitment to making sure that women and girls are visible and powerful in the media.”

A panel of judges who evaluated video submissions on the following criteria selected Svitak’s winning video: problem solving, inclusivity, creativity, thought leadership, and overall rhetorical style.

“As a teenage girl who has looked up to Gloria Steinem ever since I knew what feminism was, I’m profoundly thrilled and honored to have the chance to attend the Ms. Magazine anniversary luncheon and deliver an address to the audience at the National Press Club,” Svitak said. “To me, this represents a tremendous opportunity to not only speak, but also listen and learn in the company of amazing peers and role models. I hope that my remarks are truly representative of the girls of my generation and our hopes and dreams as we grow up.”

Contest judges were: Steinem, Carol Jenkins, both WMC board members; Kyra Sedgwick and Marisa Tomei, actors; Courtney Martin, author; Amy Richards, Soapbox, Inc.; Julie Zeilinger, F-Bomb Editor; Emily May, Hollaback, Executive Director; Elizabeth Mendez Berry, award-winning journalist; Latoya Peterson, Racialicious Editor; Jasmine Burnett, Trust Black Women; Jennifer Pozner, Women In Media & News; Shelby Knox, Director of Organizing, Change; Sofia Quintero, Chica Luna Productions, Ivy League Homegirl Blogger;  and Lena Chen, The Chicktionary. 

The teenager will also appear on the organization’s radio talk show, Women’s Media Center Live with Robin Morgan, on Saturday and receive media training from the Women’s Media Center’s media coach.  In addition, she will attend the Ms. anniversary lunch and be added to WMC’s SheSource database of 500 women experts that is the go-to resource for journalists, producers, and bookers seeking women experts to appear on TV and to quote in print and online media. Svitak is the author of  “Flying Fingers,” a book on learning, and is a TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) speaker.

“The Women's Media Center values, respects, and celebrates the stories and leadership of girls and young women,” said Jamia Wilson, Vice President of Programs for WMC. “We salute Adora Svitak for amplifying her voice to raise awareness about the media's lifelong impact on women and girls.”

Svitak’s winning video, along with runners up Jamie Crockett and Samantha Crisp who were tied for second place, is featured on The Women’s Media Center’s website Click here to view Svitak’s winning entry.

The Women’s Media Center was founded in 2005 by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem. It works to make women and girls visible and powerful in the media through media advocacy campaigns, media monitoring for sexism, creating original content, training women and girls to participate in media, and connecting women experts with the media.

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