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What I’m thankful for… the wonderful women of WIMN

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

November 22nd, 2007

Just a quick note this holiday morning to say that, on behalf of Women In Media & News and WIMN’s Voices, I am truly thankful for:

  • …the wonderful community of writers, activists, thinkers and leaders who are our WIMN’s Voices bloggers (all those listed on the left, as well as many who have signed up and will be starting to blog soon). Your voices and your vision have educated, informed, engaged and entertained hundreds of thousands of readers in nearly 1,000 posts about hundreds of important media issues since we launched in April, 2006. You have exposed media bias, called for accountability, transparency and excellence in media production, inspired passionate debate among our readers, motivated concerned individuals to share their opinions with media producers and owners, and you have at times changed the tone and content of independent and corporate journalism. I am continually thankful for the opportunity to offer another platform for your cutting-edge media critiques.
  • WIMN’s wonderful board of directors, including Lisa Jervis, cofounder of Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture magazine; Liza Dichter, co-founder of CIMA: Center for International Media Action; Sunita Viswanath, co-founder of Women for Afghan Women and executive director of Funders Concerned About AIDS, Sara Beinert, major gifts officer with the Center for Constitutional Rights; and, Veronica Arreola, director of the Women in Science & Engineering Program at University of Illinois at Chicago and board co-chair at Chicago Abortion Fund. These amazing women have guided Women In Media & News’s vision, programs and growth since our founding in six years ago, and have been and continue to be deeply dedicated to a powerful, intersectional, far-reaching vision of feminist media justice. WIMN wouldn’t be the organization it is without them, and I couldn’t do the work I do without them, either.
  • Speaking of our board, I’m not the only one (and WIMN isn’t the only institution) thankful for the force of will that is Veronica (Roni) Arreola. A powerhouse feminist activist, blogger, mother, educator, Chicago Parent writer and more, Roni has recently been recognized as the University of Illinois’s Woman of the Year by the UIC’s Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women. For a lovely profile of Roni — who some of you may know through her various blog, and her guest posts on WIMN’s Voices — check out this article in UIC News. And if you want to put a face to Roni’s amazing slate of accomplishments, check out a few pictures of Roni and I at the BlogHer conference a few months back.
  • Finally, I’m thankful for you — our passionate and engaged readers and commenters, who discuss, debate, link to and blog about the topics addressed on WIMN’s Voices – and all of you who have been generous supporters of Women In Media & News during this past year. I will likely be posting something asking for your continued support soon, because as a grassroots operation we literally can’t keep going without you — but for today, on Thanksgiving, all I want to say is how much I value the community we have here at WIMN’s Voices, with such engaged, funny, spirited and active readers and commenters. (That is… I’m thankful for all our commenters except those helpful sorts who would like to know if we’re interested in some black-market erectile dysfunction pills, cheap mortgage insurance or a pyramid scheme from Zambia…)

Happy holiday, everyone. Hope you celebrate the spirit of what Thanksgiving is supposed to represent, not its actual bloddy, oppressive roots.

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