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The Women’s Media Center To Speak At D.C. Green Festival

September 28, 2012

For Immediate Release


The Women’s Media Center is proud to announce that this Sunday, Sept. 30 our communications manager will be speaking on a panel at The Green Festival in Washington, D.C.  The Green Festival, with more than 30,000 attendees, is the nation's largest and most diverse sustainability event, renowned for its rich and inspiring keynote presentations, workshops, demonstrations, and visual installations.

Rachel Larris will be speaking on a panel on the Main Stage on: “REFLECTION 2012 – The Election and the State of America,” moderated by Joe Trippi.

“I’m very honored to be asked to discuss the political media climate for women who are running for office in 2012,” Larris said. “The work of the Name It. Change It. project in identifying media sexism directed at women candidates has been so important this year. We can’t end a major barrier for women who run for office if we don’t even identify the problem.”

In addition to our Name It. Change It. work, The Women’s Media Center monitors election coverage with a special focus on gender.  Last month, The Women’s Media Center — in collaboration with 4th Estate — released research on the media and elections that demonstrated that in the post-primary period of election coverage, most of the newspaper stories were written by men.  National and state newspapers were surveyed, including those with The Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. The research covers both the primary and general election periods.  More information is available here.


The Women’s Media Center was founded in 2005 by Jane Fonda, Morgan, and 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.  It also releases regular reports on the Status of Women in the U.S. Media.


The Green Festival runs September 29 to 30 at the Washington Convention Center located at 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW, Washington, D.C. Rachel will speak at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information on The Women’s Media Center go to http://www.womensmediacenter.com 

For more information go to http://www.greenfestivals.org/wdc/updates/ or follow the festival on Twitter at @Greenfestival