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Women’s Media Center Announces WMC Progressive Women’s Voices Class of 2013

November 26, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Women’s Media Center announced today the 20 women who have been selected for its WMC Progressive Women’s Voices class, the organization’s premier media and leadership training program.

"The Women’s Media Center works to make sure that who defines the story, who tells the story, and what the story is about, represents women and men equally.  This group of dynamic women is part of our strategy to expand the media talent pool,” 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 and will be promoted through WMC SheSource  -- a brain trust of top women experts used by media outlets worldwide.”

Since the inception of WMC Progressive Women’s Voices, the Women’s Media Center has trained over 130 thought leaders, journalists, and advocates who have gone on to become strong voices in the media. Former graduates include frequent cable news commentators Sally Kohn, Maria Teresa Kumar, Zerlina Maxwell and many others.

“It gives us great pleasure to welcome 20 amazing women from around the country, to join the network of over 130 WMC Progressive Women’s Voices alumnae, who are amplifying women’s voices and directly engaging with media at all levels to ensure that a diverse group of women is present in newsrooms, on air, in print, and online – as sources and subjects,” said Janice Ferebee, Director of Programs for the Women’s Media Center.  “We are equally excited to announce that we will be expanding our media training to women in 2014 with a variety of future opportunities, including educational webinars and one-day media workshops.” For more information about future media trainings sign up for notifications at

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The Women’s Media Center welcomes the WMC Progressive Women’s Voices Class of 2013

Lauren Anderson, Brooklyn, NY, is the owner of LC Anderson International Consulting and a former FBI Executive, and, a National Security and Crisis Management expert.

Heather Arnet, Pittsburgh, PA, is the CEO of the Women and Girls Foundation (based in PA).  She first made national headlines when she led a successful “Girlcott” of Abercrombie & Fitch in 2005.

T.F. Charlton, Medford, MA, is the founder and editor of Are Women Human, a religion and pop culture blog focusing on the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality.

Emma Davidson, Columbia, SC, is the Associate Director for Strategic Mobilization at the New Morning Foundation, leading the advocacy efforts to bring responsible reproductive health policies to South Carolina.

Anna Therese Day, Boise, ID, is an independent journalist and social media researcher.  Her specialties include American foreign policy in the Middle East and North Africa, women’s issues, and youth organizing. 

Emily Douglas, Brooklyn, NY, the senior editor at, where she also blogs, is also a frequent contributor to the Women’s Review of Books.

Julia Drost, Washington, DC, serves as the Policy & Advocacy Associate for Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) Women’s Human Rights Program.

Noreen Farrell, San Francisco, CA, is the Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates (ERA), a national non-profit legal advocacy organization fighting for the civil rights of women and girls.

Debbie Hines, Washington, DC, trial lawyer and Principal of the Law Office of Deborah K. Hines, maintains a boutique law practice in Washington, DC, where she focuses on representing clients in civil and criminal litigation in federal and state court rooms throughout the country.

Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D., Washington, DC, is the founder of the women-empowering and award-winning The Wise Latina Club website and co-founder of the education and literacy organization Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL), home of the Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program, powered by Google.

Phronie Jackson, MPH, Washington, DC, is Project Coordinator of the Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI) for the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., where she uses her more than 17-years of public health experience to develop community and worksite wellness programs and women’s health programs, nationwide.

Shivana Jorawar, Washington, DC, is the Reproductive Justice Program Director for the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, where she directs reproductive justice priorities for the country’s only national organization dedicated to social justice and human rights for Asian American and Pacific Islander women and girls.

Shanelle Matthews, Oakland, CA, is a journalist, blogger, and all around digital enthusiast, currently the Communications Strategist at the ACLU of Northern California, where she is tasked with creating visibility for their legal and programmatic work.

Vanessa Perez, New York, NY, is Assistant Professor of Latino Studies and Affiliate Faculty in the Women and Gender Studies Program at Brooklyn College, City University of New York.

Gael Sylvia Pullen, Seal Beach, CA, is a global technology evangelist for women and girls, and founder of Girls Fly!, and Sylvia Global Media Network (SGMN).

Debjani Roy, New York, NY, is the Deputy Director at Hollaback!, a global movement working to end street harassment or sexual harassment in public spaces.

Diann Rust-Tierney, Washington, DC, is the Executive Director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

Sarinya Srisakul, New York, NY, is the president of the United Women Firefighters, representing the women firefighters and fire officers of the FDNY.

Wagatwe Sara Wanjuki, Cranford, NJ, is a survivor, writer and activist who got her start organizing for social change by advocating for a better sexual assault policy at Tufts University.

Maysoon Zayid, Cliffside Park, NJ, is a comedienne, actress, and writer, as well as the co-founder of The New York Arab American Comedy Festival, a frequent contributor to The Daily Beast, and, a member of UCP of NYC Women Who Care committee.

For more information about the Women’s Media Center, contact Rachel Larris, Communications Manager,