Session Type(s): Panel
Starts: Saturday, Jun. 22 4:30 PM (Eastern)
Ends: Saturday, Jun. 22 5:45 PM (Eastern)
Room: 210 DH
Progressive women’s voices in world of political commentary and punditry are few. Yes, there are some high-profile exceptions, but research shows that only about 20 percent of political “talking heads” are women, and women comprise only 17 percent of op-ed writers for major newspapers. This panel will explore the various avenues for progressive women to grow their political presence in the media to promote a progressive agenda. The panelists will offer expert advice and practical tips on developing contacts to secure media appearances.
Joanne Bamberger, author, journalist, political/media strategist & recovering attorney, is the author of Mothers of Intention: How Women & Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America. She is the publisher of The Broad Side, a digital magazine of women’s commentary. A new media expert & authority on women’s political involvement, Joanne has written for AOL’s Politics Daily, CNN.com, USA Today, the Washington Post, & more. Her commentary has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Good Morning America, among others. Joanne was awarded the 2013 Campaign Tech Advocacy Innovator award for her research/writing on the direct & indirect affect women in non-political online venues have on political & policy discussion. In 2011, she was one of Working Mother Magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Social Media & was nominated for the Women’s Media Center Social Media Award. As a consultant, she works with various organizations to connect them women online influencers.
Veronica I. Arreola is an accomplished blogger, women’s rights activist and mother. Her blog, Viva la Feminista, has been named a top political blog by Blogher, Type-A-Mom and Latinos in Social Media (LATISM). Veronica’s work on behalf of women and girls has been recognized by her coworkers with a UIC Woman of the Year award, the community with a Chicago Foundation for Women Impact Award and the White House with an organizational Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. Media appearances include WGN-TV News, NBC Nighty News, Chicago Tribune and CBS 2 Chicago. Her writing has appeared in Bitch magazine, Ms. magazine and NPR.org. A life-long Chicagoan, Veronica believes that the Cubs will win the World Series in her lifetime and a woman will be elected President.
Jehmu Greene is the Founder and CEO of We Defend Truth, an organization fighting online disinformation by giving truth a digital ally. She has served as a television political analyst for the last 12 years, pioneered online voter registration as President of Rock the Vote and has trained thousands of women to run for office as a Founding Board Member and National Trainer for Vote Run Lead.
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Saru Jayaraman is an academic at UC Berkeley and the President of One Fair Wage, a national organization working to raise wages for service workers nationwide. She was named one of CNN’s “Top10 Visionary Women”, a White House Champion of Change, a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award winner, and the San Francisco Chronicle ‘Visionary of the Year’. Saru authored Behind the Kitchen Door (Cornell University Press), and Forked: A New Standard for American Dining (Oxford University Press), and has appeared on MSNBC, HBO, PBS, CBS, and CNN.
Sally Kohn is one of the leading progressive voices in America. She is currently a CNN contributor and columnist for the Daily Beast. Sally was previously a Fox News contributor, the motivation for her widely-seen TED talk, as well as a regular guest on MSNBC. Sally’s writing has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Magazine, More Magazine, Reuters, USA Today, Salon, Politico, Time and many other outlets. Her work has been highlighted by outlets from the New York Times to the Colbert Report to the National Review, and Sally is ranked by Mediaite as one of the top 100 most influential television pundits in America.
Sally also works as a communications consultant, providing media and public speaking coaching as well as ghostwriting services to key leaders in nonprofits and corporations.