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Women’s Media Center Announces 2012 Progressive Women’s Voices Class

August 24, 2012


For Immediate Release

WASHINGTON, D.C – The Women’s Media Center today announced that 21 women have been accepted into its Progressive Women’s Voices class, the organization’s premier media and leadership training program.

“This group of dynamic women is participating in one of the most elite training programs in the country,” said Julie Burton, President of The Women’s Media Center. “Our trainees will receive advanced, comprehensive training and tools to position themselves as media spokespersons in their fields, enabling them to diversify public debate and amplify progressive women’s perspectives about the issues that fill headlines.”

With the WMC’s training and support, PWV experts have been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Elle, New York magazine, USA Today, Forbes, Variety, Mother Jones, the Wall Street Journal, Slate, Salon, The New Republic, The Los Angeles Times; by The Associated Press and Reuters; on Good Morning America, CNN, MSNBC, CBS Nightly News, Fox News, ABC News, CNBC, Bill Moyers and other media outlets.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming 21 new experts from across the nation to our network of over 100 women commentators whose voices will transform the media landscape,” said Jamia Wilson, Vice President of Programs for The Women’s Media Center

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.

Below are the women accepted in the Washington, D.C. class. More expanded bios can be found here:

Alexandra Acker-Lyons, Mountain View, CA, a consultant for the Youth Engagement Fund, a collaborative project of the Democracy Alliance and civic engagement foundations, and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

Jennifer Crumpton, New York, NY, communications director at Intersections International, a New York-based NGO that works internationally with communities in conflict toward peace and reconciliation.

Kimberly Ellis, Pittsburgh, PA, affectionately known as “Dr. Goddess,” PhD scholar of American and Africana Studies, artist, activist and social media consultant for a number of campaigns.

Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, New York, NY, executive director at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.

Fatima Goss Graves, Washington, D.C., vice president for education and employment at the National Women’s Law Center.

Sarah Granger, Los Altos, CA, recently founded the Silicon Valley-based Center for Technology, Media & Society, dedicated to educating, informing, and connecting stakeholders around converging topics like transparent e-government, high-tech workplace flexibility, and gender bias online.

Deepa Iyer, Takoma Park, MD, executive director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a national non-profit organization in the Washington, D.C. area.

Koritha Mitchell, Columbus, Ohio, author of the award-winning book Living with Lynching and associate professor of English at Ohio State University..

Pamela O’Leary, Arlington, VA, executive director of the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN).

Ilaha Omar, Los Angeles, CA, co-owns and operates a successful technical staffing company, Multipoint Wireless LLC.

Nicole Rodgers, Washington, D.C., co-founder and editor-in-chief of Role/Reboot and a senior brand and marketing strategist for public interest clients.


Below are the women accepted in the New York class. More expanded bios can be found here:

Chloe Angyal, New York, NY, an editor at Feministing.

Jessica Arons, Washington, D.C., director of the Women’s Health and Rights Program and a member of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at American Progress.

Anu Kristina Bhagwati, New York, NY, executive director and co-founder of Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN).

Sunny Clifford, Kyle, SD, a self-proclaimed advocate for Native American females on reservations.

Brittney Cooper, Highland Park, NJ, assistant professor in the department’s of women’s and gender studies and Africana studies at Rutgers University..

Laura Michelle Jimenez, Los Angeles, CA, executive director of California Latinas for Reproductive Justice.

Natalia Oberti Noguera, New York, NY, founder and CEO of the Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing boot camp for women philanthropists.

Sarah Seltzer, New York, NY, associate editor at AlterNet.

Deborah Jiang Stein, Minneapolis, MN, Founder and ED of The unPrison Project, and author of the memoir, Even Tough GirlsWear Tutus: Inside the World of a Woman Born in Prison.

Rebecca Vilkomerson, Brooklyn, NY, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace.


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