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The Women’s Media Center 2012 Women’s Media Awards

New York, New York, November 16, 2012 – The Women’s Media Center 2012 Women’s Media Awards were held Tuesday, November 13th at Guastavino’s in New York City.

The Awards honored Pat Mitchell, President & CEO of The Paley Center for Media & Founding Co-Chair of The Women’s Media Center, who was presented with the first Women’s Media Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award, thereafter to be named after her. Martha Nelson, Editorial Director of Time Inc., was presented with the Women’s Media Center’s Going The Distance Award. Lisa Ling, Journalist and Host of Our America With Lisa Ling on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, and her sister journalist Laura Ling, Host and Reporter for E! Investigates, a documentary series on the E! Network, were presented with the Women’s Media Center Sisterhood is Powerful Award. Sarah Hoye, All Platform Journalist for CNN, received the Women’s Media Center’s Carol Jenkins Emerging Journalist Award and Luvvie Ajayi of Awesomely Luvvie, received the Social Media Award.

 Celebrities and VIPS attending the star-studded event included many of the most accomplished and influential women in media in the world today. The event was hosted by Academy Award Nominated Actress® Anne Hathaway.  Women’s Media Center Co-Founders Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem attended the event. Co-Chairs for The 2012 Women’s Media Awards were Loreen Arbus, Donna Deitch, Jodie Evans, Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem.

 In addition to Anne Hathaway, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem, VIP attendees included: Barbara Walters, Award-winning journalist, Creator/Co-Executive Producer & Co-Host of The View; Christine Lahti, Academy Award, Emmy & Golden Globe winning actress/writer/director; Sarah Jones, Tony Award-winning American playwright, actress and poet; Eve Ensler, Tony Award-winning playwright, activist, author of Emotional Creature and The Vagina Monologues; Donna Deitch, Award-winning Film and Television Director, Co-Chair of the Women’s Media Awards; Loreen Arbus, First woman to head up programming at a major U.S. Network and Disability Rights Activist/Producer/Founder & Chair of Women Who Care, Co-Chair of the Women’s Media’s Awards; Jodie Evans, Co-Founder of CODEPINK/Peace, Environmentalist, Women’s Rights & Social Justice Activist, Board Chair, The Women’s Media Center; Julie Burton, President of The Women’s Media Center; Carol Jenkins, Author, Former WNBC Anchor, Former President of The Women’s Media Center, Board Member, The Women’s Media Center; Ben Vereen, Tony, Emmy & Golden Globe winning actor; Kathy Najimy, actress and comedian, Cheryl Wills, Award-winning Anchor, NY1 News Television; Stacey Snider, Co-Chairman and CEO, DreamWorks; Lauren Embrey, Philanthropist/Film Producer, CEO and president of the Embrey Family Foundation and CEO of Embrey Interests, Ltd., WMC Board Member;  Matthew Winkler, Editor-in-Chief, Bloomberg News; Helen Zia, Award-winning journalist & Former Executive Editor of Ms. Magazine, Founding Co-Chair, The Women’s Media Center, Board Member, The Women’s Media Center; Wendy Diamond, Correspondent, NBC’s The Today Show & Publisher of Animal Fair Media; Camilla Barungi, Model of Project Runway fame, Entrepreneur, Women’s right’s activist; Jewelle Bickford, Senior Strategist at GenSpring Family Offices, Board Member, The Women’s Media Center;  Javier Gomez, Noted International Photojournalist/Activist; Lori Sokol, Founder & Publisher of Sokol Media Inc.; Jennifer Buffett, Philanthropist, Co-Chair & President of President NoVo Foundation; James Grant, President of JGPR and members of the music group Betty.

Former President Bill Clinton, Women’s Media Center Co-Founder Jane Fonda, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Sarah Jones, playwright/poet/actor/activist, all appeared in separate videos produced for the occasion.

 During the awards, The Women’s Media Center, in partnership with the 4th Estate, released new statistics on gender and media coverage related to the 2012 election. The research showed that for front-page stories in the top 50 print outlets: 71 percent were written by men and only 27 percent by women. On cable and network TV – political news show guests and experts were 77 percent men and 18 percent women; On “Meet the Press” and “Face the Nation” – guests and experts were 78 percent men and 21 percent women; the gender breakdown for sources discussing abortion and the presidential election in print news: 73 percent men and 20 percent women; and for stories on birth control – 68 percent were written by men and 27 percent by women.

About the Women’s Media Center:

The Women’s Media Center works to make women and girls visible and powerful in the media through strategic programs aimed at transforming the media landscape including media training, media monitoring and activism, original media content, media reports, media programs & initiatives.

The Women’s Media Center was founded in 2005 by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem.

 “The Women’s Media Center exists to change the status of women in media.  Because 51 percent of our population is women and only 3 percent of all clout positions in media are held by women, the Women’s Media Center Awards were created to honor champions for women who use their media platforms to tell the stories, facts, and solutions crucial to all viewers and to advance opportunities for women in media,” says Julie Burton, President of the Women’s Media Center. “Because media tells our stories and influences the role of women in every part of society, we are proud to honor these amazing women who set the standard for what media should look like when it gives voice to the female half of the country.”