2012 Exceptional Merit in Media Awards (EMMAs) Winners

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Congratulations to our 2012 Exceptional Merit in Media Awards (EMMAs) Winners!

Book- Exceptional Material, Topic:
Girls Like Us, Rachel Lloyd

Rachel Lloyd founded Girls Education and Mentoring Services (GEMS) to help girls who were sexually trafficked have a safe place to discuss their experiences and seek help if necessary. The lives of many young girls who are sexually trafficked are documented within this novel. Ms. Lloyd not only tells the stories of the girls, but mixes in her own stories of being sexually trafficked in Europe, to truly make the stories personal. This novel sheds light on the grievously misreported cases of sexual trafficking that take place within the United States, and how between 200,000-300,000 are sexually exploited through trafficking within the United States each year.

Exceptional Magazine Story:
Prevention Magazine
“Preexisting Condition: Female,” Jenny Deam

Women constantly need to pay more than men for health insurance, simply because of their sex. In fact, women are charged as much as 84% more than men for health insurance, or are simply turned down, because they are women. 37 states currently allow this discriminatory practice, where 95% of the companies within these states take advantage of the discriminatory system to charge women higher insurance rates. By 2014 this practice would be outlawed by President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act in 2014, however, this act is threatened by multiple attacks within Congress to eliminate this piece of legislation that crucially supports women’s health.

Good Housekeeping
“Dishonorable Conduct,” Jan Goodwin

Currently, women make up 15% of the United States military, and the number of women serving in the United States armed forces has been on the rise since the Gulf War. However, when female veterans return home, the Veteran’s Administration (VA) does not correctly handle their concerns. Bathrooms at the VA hospitals do not have tampon dispensers; the bathrooms also do not have locks so that males can walk in on women while they are in the showers. In addition, approximately half of all VA hospitals do not have an ob-gyn on staff. These are just some of the problems that women veterans face in VA hospitals that have previously been unexposed. Many women came forward to contribute to this article despite the risks of retaliation from the military culture.

“In Friendship We Trust,” Sheila Weller

After Congresswoman Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords was shot, her prospects for survival were slim. Rather than give up hope, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, both stood by Gabby throughout her recovery. However, tragedy was not what brought these three powerful women together. The trio met early on in their political careers and realized the bond they shared being young and female politicians, which are both a rarity in Washington. After Gabby’s accident, Debbie and Kirsten each visited the bedside of Gabby, to let her know in their own ways that they would be there for her no matter what. Kirsten left a childhood treasure with Gabby before she left, and though Gabby could not speak, she smiled at Kirsten’s heartfelt gesture. Debbie let Gabby know that no matter what business she had in Washington, she would come to her bedside when needed. In the congressional softball game after Gabby’s accident, Debbie and Kirsten were on the winning team. The team dedicated their win to Gabby, and the entire team signed the winning softball, which was also signed by Pelosi, Hoyer, and the captains of the other team, and sent the ball to Gabby to.

Glamour
“The Secret That Kills 4 Women a Day,” Liz Brody

Every day, four women are killed by someone who they are romantically involved with. In a year, over 1,400 women are murdered by someone who they love. The startling data of this article shows that the homicide rates of women in relationships is growing. An interview with Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden illustrates how crucial domestic violence legislation, such as the Violence Against Women Act, is in our country. Many times domestic abuse is not only physical, but it is emotional and verbal. This article not only delves into horrendous domestic violence statistics, but also gives tips for women on how to help a friend should she come to her and confess being abused. 42% of women who were in an abusive relationship and told someone got out, which shows how crucial being sensitive when a friend is in an abusive relationship is.

Exceptional Internet Story:
Bloomberg News
“Afghan Women Tolerate Beating for Cell Phones in Emerging Markets,” Simon Clark

Women constantly tolerate beatings for using cell phones in emerging markets around the world. Mobile companies are both trying to increase the number of women who use cell phones, and improve male perception of women using cell phones. Approximately 600 million female subscribers will be signed up in emerging markets by 2014, a number that would produce $29 billion a year in revenue for these companies. But expanding cell phone use in emerging markets is for more than profit, because cell phones provide vital support services for women such as giving them access to banking services, sending instructions in prenatal care and texting when the communal water tap is opening.

“Victoria’s Secret Revealed in Child Picking Burkina Faso Cotton,” Cam Simpson

The fair trade industry is valued at approximately $6 billion. Victoria’s Secret revealed lingerie made from Burkina Faso fair-trade cotton, which held the promise, “Good for Women…Good for the children that depend on them.” While this seemed nice for the consumers who purchased these pieces of lingerie that also helped children around the world, Cam Simpson saw the lie behind the promise. This particular supplier of fair-trade cotton employs child slaves like 13-year-old Clarisse Kambiré, who is one of thousands of child workers picking cotton in Burkina Faso. This article highlighted the inability of Victoria’s Secret to ensure that its suppliers followed fair trade standards.

The Daily Beast
“How A Blogger Blocked Sex Slavery,” Abigail Pesta

Two Russian women were coming to America with daunting prospects. There was a vague mention of a job in Washington D.C. waiting for them, but that soon changed for an order for the two women to take a bus to New York and work in a nightclub as “hostesses.” These women were both determined to go, until one internet blogger Daniel Reetz saw that something wasn’t right with the arrangement. Reetz lived in North Dakota, but was so concerned for the safety of the two women that he started an online blog to document their experiences and raise attention to their situation in hopes that someone would step up and help them. Kathrine Gutierrez Hinds stepped up and housed the two Russian women through their experience, and saved them from becoming part of the problem of human trafficking in the United States. Human Trafficking is a $32 billion global business, with as many as 17,500 people (who are mostly children and women) being trafficked into the United States each year from all over the world.

Exceptional Radio Segment:
Bloomberg News
“Stalking A Silent Killer,” Carole Zimmer

On November 18, 2009, Ellen Shapiro underwent a 6.5-hour operation in an effort to treat her ovarian cancer. Her chances of survival were slim, as 54% of women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer die within 5 years of their diagnosis. Susan Galbraith, Vice President of AstraZeneca notes that 70-90% of women who have ovarian cancer experience at least one reoccurrence. Currently, no reliable early detection test exists for ovarian cancer, which ¾ of women who are diagnosed only notice when the cancer spreads. In the case of Ellen Shaprio, the disease reoccurred too late for treatment, and in the last weeks of her life chose to stop treatment, and instead, decided to cherish her last moments with her friends.

Exceptional TV Series, Episode:
Necessary Roughness "Pilot," USA Network

Dr. Danielle Santino kicks her philandering husband to the curb and doesn’t look back. Her strength of will begins to strengthen herself and support her children. Her small therapy practice becomes a cutting-edge sports and performance psychotherapy center. Through the center, Dr. Santino realizes that while her life is improving, she can also work to improve other people’s lives as well. Necessary Roughness is a story of a woman who chose to deny the status quo and work hard for an improved life for herself and her children. While her world has problems, Dr. Santino works past them with perseverance, because she is very familiar with the impact of hard work in making a positive difference in life.

NWPC's 2012 Exceptional Merit in Media Awards (EMMAs) President's Award

Exceptional Film Documentary:
Miss Representation, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Regina Kulik Scully, Geralyn Dreyfous

Various media influences are thrust onto our society and change the way people see the world. Newsom’s documentary shows how the media market consistently devalues and disenfranchises women. The media objectifies women through female characters on television and judges real women based solely upon how attractive they are, rather than based these women’s professional accomplishments. Expert commentary from influential individuals, both in the media industry and politics, is used in this documentary to comment on the current state of affairs for women around the country due to the media portrayal of women. Newsom also includes commentary from high school students. This up-and-coming generation that is being raised in a media environment tailored against women. These commentaries exemplify the fact that the current and future generations must take a stand against the media when it devalues women to change the media’s current stance on women and to avoid the objectification of women in future.

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