Women Will Rock the House at the National Conference for Media Reform

At this April's National Conference for Media Reform, women will be front and center. Many influential feminist voices will be heard throughout the conference, and several sessions will focus specifically on issues impacting women. 

To start off, we'll have our opening plenary session "Learning from Our Past, Looking to the Future," where speakers including Kim Gandy of the National Network to End Domestic Violence and Ilyse Hogue of NARAL Pro-Choice America will discuss the feminist movement’s accomplishments and the struggles that lie ahead. And artist Staceyann Chin, who has performed internationally, will present a performance prepared just for conference-goers.

Our film festival, which covers a range of political themes, includes the documentary Miss Representation, which examines how the media undermine women. The follow-up discussion, Miss Representation: Fighting Back, explores ways to champion women’s voices.

The conference’s many inspiring speakers include former White House technology adviser Susan Crawford, Grammy winner Kimya Dawson and Democracy Now! co-host Amy Goodman — not to mention Brandy Doyle of the Prometheus Radio Project, Jaclyn Friedman of Women, Action & the Media, Anna Holmes of Jezebel.com, Susana M. Morris of the Crunk Feminist Collective and civil rights activist Carlotta Walls LaNier (to name just a few). Our closing plenary session, A Roadmap for Change, includes young women like Molly Culhane and YingYing Shang, who are working to challenge stereotypes in the media.

Here's a peek at a few sessions you won't want to miss:

Building the Future: Women, Code and Inclusion
A look at how women are using code to create social justice campaigns. This session examines the ways women programmers are finding a place within the male-dominated world of the tech industry.
Speakers: Catherine Bracy, Kimberly Bryant, Cheryl Contee and Lisa Williams

Modern Feminism: Digital Activism and Real-World Action
This panel showcases the feminist movement’s digital presence and explores the organizations and grassroots movements that are making change.   
Speakers: Kat Barr, Lorena Garcia, Jodie Layne, Robin Marty and Susana M. Morris

Beyond Marriage: What is the Media Missing in its Coverage of LBGTQ Rights?
This session reaches beyond the mainstream media’s focus on gay marriage and expands the discussion to other important issues affecting the LBGTQ community.
Speakers: Lorena Garcia, Jamilah King, Favianna Rodriguez  and Tania A. Unzueta

You won't want to miss a minute of these rich conversations. So if you haven't yet registered for the conference, you better hurry. Advance registration ends on March 31, so be sure to reserve your spot today.

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