NEW YORK – Today, the Ms. Foundation for Women announces its Public Voices Fellowship, an initiative that diversifies the voices and quality of ideas featured in mainstream media. The Ms. Foundation Public Voices Fellowship will provide a diverse cohort of 19 Ms. Foundation grantees with resources, skills, and access, in order to ensure their ideas shape not only their respective fields of reproductive and economic justice and safety, but also the greater conversations about gender in America.
“We are incredibly excited about the impact this initiative will make,” said Ms. Foundation for Women President and CEO Teresa C. Younger. “The voices we hear in the media represent only one part of our society. In order to create change, it is critical that we disrupt the dominant narrative and ensure that the stories presented by the media are inclusive of all voices, especially the voices of women.”
This fellowship is part of a highly-successful national pilot initiative launched by The OpEd Project in partnership with the nation’s leading universities and foundations. The program was created to give underrepresented communities the opportunity to share their knowledge, ideas, and expertise by providing them with the tools necessary to become influential on a large scale.
Previous fellows have had their work published in top-tier media outlets including The New York Times and The Washington Post, and have appeared on CNN, CNBC, NPR and other broadcast outlets. They have briefed Congress, advised the White House, and sparked national and international debate, proving the value and influence of their voices.
The full list of participants includes:
- Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA)
- Reproductive Justice Collective
- Garment Worker Center (GWC)
- Black Women’s Blueprint
- Mississippi Women’s Economic Security Initiative
- California Latinas for Reproductive Justice
- SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW
- WV FREE
- Center for Frontline Retail
- Parent Voices
- Puget Sound Sage
- National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)
- All Our Kin
- Women with A Vision
- National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH)
- OLÉ Education Fund
- Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity (URGE)
- Young Women United (YWU)
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For over 40 years, the Ms. Foundation for Women has secured women’s rights and freedoms with a special commitment to building the power of low-income, immigrant and women of color. The foundation invests funds, time, expertise and training in organizations nationwide.