Here is a startling fact: the number of women in prison in the United States has increased by 800percent over the last three decades. It’s a disturbing trend — but fortunately there are some inspiring individuals and organizations out there working to reverse it.
Adriana Escobar (photo by Van Nguyen-Stone)
Community Works, one of our educational partners for Community Classroom, is among them. When their youth programs manager Manijeh Fata invited me to see their theater ensemble Rising Voices last month, I knew it was a chance to see the life-changing potential of storytelling at work.
Rising Voices is a paid internship program for previously incarcerated young women ages 18 to 25, located at the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department Women’s Reentry Center. Continue reading →
ITVS Education Manager Annelise Wunderlich profiles one of our newest followers on Twitter: Teresa Ann Isaac, the former mayor of Lexington, Kentucky and a major advocate of women’s leadership.
We met Teresa Ann Isaac via Twitter, when she messaged about the live chat we co-hosted with PBS NewsHour last month on Bhutto and women’s leadership.
Turns out, Teresa Ann Isaac is a pretty amazing woman leader herself. She is the former mayor of Lexington, Kentucky and since 2005, the U.S. State Department has sent her to train women leaders in Chile, Argentina, Namibia, South Africa, Pakistan, and Uganda, as part of a democracy project. Continue reading →
Some of today’s finest actresses and spokespeople have been tapped to engage with the subjects on the ground and broaden the understanding for viewers of the issues at hand, including Diane Lane, who recently traveled to Somaliland, and America Ferrera, who joined Kristof last month in India to focus on the problem of human trafficking. Continue reading →
Oscar-winning Actor Geena Davis helped launch ITVS’ Women and Girls Lead campaign at the PBS Annual meeting in Orlando, FL. Here, Davis describes why she has so much faith in the power of public media and the power of women and girls.
During the conference, Davis discussed her own work on gender discrimination in media, as well as ITVS’ multi-year initiative, aimed at supporting women and girls’ leadership through independent films. Find out more at http://www.itvs.org/women-and-girls-lead
Oscar-winning Actor Geena Davis helped launch ITVS’ Women and Girls Lead campaign at last week’s PBS Annual meeting in Orlando, FL. During the conference, Davis sat down with PBS NewsHour President Simon Marks to discuss her own work on gender discrimination in media, as well as ITVS’ multi-year initiative, aimed at supporting women and girl’s leadership through independent films.
Women and Girls Lead, the multi-year public media campaign to amplify the voices of women and girls worldwide, officially lifted off Thursday. The campaign was launched during a breakfast hosted by ITVS and CPB during this week’s PBS Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.
Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis and CPB President and CEO Patricia Harrison broke the champagne bottle across the proverbial bow with their stirring opening remarks. Thursday’s event was stacked with even more special guests, including a troop from Girl Scouts of the USA. Check out some video highlights from the event below and learn more about Women and Girls Lead.
Based on the bestselling book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the series will premiere as a special presentation on Independent Lens in Fall 2012. The project is a cornerstone of the recently announced Women and Girls Lead campaign.