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Exclusive: Komen vs. Planned Parenthood—What’s Going On?

Majority Post - Thu, 02/02/2012 - 22:27
By Ellen Sweet February 3, 2012 Immediate outrage in the social media greeted the Komen foundation after it defunded breast cancer screening by Planned Parenthood. Ellen Sweet explores what’s behind its puzzling turn-about. Why would an organization that has invested $1.9 billion over the past 30 years to save women’s lives, whose founder and first [...]
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Statement from Women’s Media Center on Komen Foundation and Planned Parenthood

Majority Post - Thu, 02/02/2012 - 13:33
NEW YORK– The Women’s Media Center is deeply disappointed with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation’s decision to cease funding breast cancer prevention, education, and screenings at Planned Parenthood health centers. We urge our friends and supporters to join us by standing in solidarity with Planned Parenthood Federation of America and all of [...]
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Exclusive: Could DSM-5 Be Harmful to Your Mental Health?

Majority Post - Wed, 02/01/2012 - 22:42
By Elayne Clift February 2, 2012 The APA diagnostic manual revision process, in the news recently over the definition of autism, holds other potential threats for women’s health. Elayne Clift investigates the gender issues in DSM-5. Debbie N. (not her real name) was a college student in the 1990s when she traveled to the Mediterranean [...]
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Exclusive: U.S. Acts on Women, Peace and Security

Majority Post - Mon, 01/30/2012 - 22:23
By Lucinda Marshall January 31, 2012 A new action plan opens far-reaching possibilities to improve the security of women and the world. With some caution, women’s peace advocates plan to monitor its implementation. The National Action Plan On Women, Peace and Security (NAP) issued by President Obama shortly before the end of last year has [...]
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Rose Aguilar on Reproductive Rights

Majority Post - Mon, 01/30/2012 - 11:53
PWV Alum Rose Aguilar has a new gig writing a regular op-ed for Al Jazeera English. Check out her debut article “Reproductive Rights and the Republican Primary.”
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Patty Jenkins wins Award for ABC’s The Killing

Majority Post - Mon, 01/30/2012 - 10:31
The Women’s Media Center congratulates Patty Jenkins for winning “Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Dramatic Series” for The Killing Pilot (AMC) at the 64th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards!
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Four Decades–And Counting–of Feminist Journalism

Majority Post - Mon, 01/30/2012 - 10:11
Stanford University News published an article detailing a recent Stanford panel discussion where editors, activists, and bloggers came together to salute Ms. magazine and consider the future of feminism. The piece mentions the contributions of WMC Co-Founder Gloria Steinem and Board Member Helen Zia in the creation of the iconic magazine.
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Katy Garretson wins Frank Capra Achievement Award

Majority Post - Mon, 01/30/2012 - 08:22
The Women’s Media Center congratulates Katy Garretson for becoming the 26th recipient of the Frank Capra Achievement Award at the 64th Annual Director’s Guild of America Awards. It is a pleasure to see her talents, career, and service recognized and celebrated.
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SAG and AFTRA Merge

Majority Post - Sat, 01/28/2012 - 11:38
The Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors has approved a merger package with AFTRA. Hollywood’s two leading acting unions will now comprise one entity. For details, see the Screen Actors Guild website.
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Madonna & Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop

Majority Post - Sat, 01/28/2012 - 11:13
WMC VP of Programs Jamia Wilson and WMC Board Member Gloria Feldt have both written chapters in the new book, “Madonna and Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop.” Congratulations Jamia and Gloria! Check out this review of the new book on Atlas.
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Athena Film Festival Trailer

Majority Post - Fri, 01/27/2012 - 16:54
The Women’s Media Center is very excited about the upcoming Athena Film Festival and is so proud of Melissa Silverstein at Women and Hollywood, who worked for the Women’s Media Center in our early days and is a true force for women in the media. We are also delighted that the HBO documentary about our [...]
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Congratulations to the Top Six Girls’ State of the Union (#GSOTU) Video Contest Finalists

Majority Post - Fri, 01/27/2012 - 14:48
On November 16, 2011, the Women’s Media Center invited girls ages 14-22, to create a 1- 5 minute video for our first annual Girls State of the Union (#GSOTU) video contest. Like the President’s report, the Girls’ State of the Union sums up the condition of the country—with a special emphasis on the welfare of girls. [...]
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Gloria Steinem Interview with TEDxWomen

Majority Post - Fri, 01/27/2012 - 13:58
WMC Co-Founder Gloria Steinem was interviewed by Salamishah Tillet of TEDxWomen on modern feminism, media, aging, and the future of feminism, among other things. Check out the full interview here.
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Founding Board Member Pat Mitchell at Sundance

Majority Post - Fri, 01/27/2012 - 11:17
WMC Founding Board Member and CEO of the Paley Center for Media Pat Mitchell discussed the Sundance Film Festival in a Huffington Post article yesterday. “I was honored,” she wrote, “to be cohost of a gathering about women in film…along with two great organizations—Women In Film Los Angeles and the Sundance Institute.” This conversation was nothing [...]
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Exclusive: “Three Weeks in January: End Rape in Los Angeles”

Majority Post - Wed, 01/25/2012 - 22:10
By Suzanne Lacy January 26, 2012 Artist Suzanne Lacy has recreated aspects of her landmark performance art piece, “Three Weeks in May,” with an installation that focuses on Los Angeles today, decades into the anti-rape movement, and features a candlelight ceremony on January 27. In 1977, Los Angeles was called the U.S. rape capital. Nearly [...]
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Killer Advertising

Majority Post - Wed, 01/25/2012 - 11:22
At the beginning of each year, most of us consider changes we would like to make in our personal lives. I decided to bypass the usual weight and fitness resolutions and focus on institutions I’d like to change. The list is long, but I have prioritized mass-market advertisements because they are pervasive and have the [...]
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Exclusive: Letting Girls Be Girls—A Global Campaign

Majority Post - Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:04
By Marianne Schnall January 25, 2012 This week in Davos, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum will highlight a drive by The Elders to end the practice of child marriage. Every year, all over the world, 10 million girls are forcibly married before the age of 18, many as young as 12 years old. That is [...]
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Michelle Obama a Mirror for African American Women

Majority Post - Tue, 01/24/2012 - 12:34
In a Washington Post piece published Monday, January 23, Krissah Thompson and Vanessa Williams wrote that “African American women see their own challenges mirrored in Michelle Obama’s.” The article references a nationwide survey conducted by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation with indications that black women strongly relate to the first lady. Thompson [...]
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NY Times Tackles Difficult Subject of Male Rape Victims

Majority Post - Tue, 01/24/2012 - 10:05
In a NY Times article yesterday, Men Struggle for Rape Awareness, writer Roni Caryn Rabin addresses the difficult subject of male victims of rape. While women are the victims of sexual violence in disproportionate numbers, Rabin points out that male survivors suffer similar consequences: they “feel violated and ashamed and may become severely depressed or [...]
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Exclusive: Faith-healing: A Modest Proposal on Religious Fundamentalism

Majority Post - Sun, 01/22/2012 - 22:25
By Robin Morgan January 23, 2012 Author and WMC Co-founder Robin Morgan struggles to understand the faith-based madness that seems to surround us. For years, I’ve been barking up the wrong steeple, confronting the misogyny that defines all religious fundamentalists: Islamists (the only ones most people bother to hate), ultra-Orthodox Jews, Christian Bible-thumpers, Hindu militants, [...]
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