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Women’s Media Center Announces Winner of Girls’ State of the Union Video Contest

February 8, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 8, 2011      
Press Contact: Jamia Wilson, VP of Programs – jamia@womensmediacenter.com




Women’s Media Center Announces Winner of Girls’ State of the Union Video Contest

New York, NY—Today, the Women’s Media Center launched its new website with the announcement that fourteen-year-old Redmond, Washington resident Adora Svitak, the winner of the first annual Girls’ State of the Union Video Contest.

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 lets girls tell us what our priorities should be. 

Judges for the Women’s Media Center contest included Gloria Steinem, Carol Jenkins, Kyra Sedgwick, Marisa Tomei, and an all-star list of social media leaders.

Svitak will receive media training from the Women’s Media Center’s media coach and star in a video while delivering her address in the nation’s capital.  Ms. Svitak will also be added to Women’s Media Center’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.

According to Gloria Steinem, co-founder of the Women’s Media Center, “Every adult woman has to remember that when she passes a mirror and criticizes her body, a girl is watching.  She is learning to be self-condemning, too. The media is responsible for girls who regard their bodies as ornaments, not instruments, but we are each responsible, too.” Julie Burton, President of the Women’s Media Center, says “Girls’ State of the Union provides girls with the opportunity to listen to each others’ voices, own their expertise, create media on their own terms, and be heard in the world.  The Women’s Media Center salutes Adora Svitak and all of the contestants for taking a stand and showing the country that girls are a fundamental part of our nation and deserve to be heard”.

Svitak’s winning video, along with runners up Jamie Crockett and Samantha Crisp who were tied for second place, will be featured on the Women’s Media Center‘s new website www.womensmediacenter.com. Click here to view Svitak’s winning entry.