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NATIONAL PRESS CLUB
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan Du Plain – 202-486-7004
THE ROLE OF THE MEDIA: “SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION”
Thursday, February 28, 2013 at the National Press Club
WHO: National Press Club program and reception includes newsmaking speakers, women leaders, suffrage music, Turning Point “Suffragists” dressed in suffrage outfits and “Silent Sentinel” re-enactors carrying banners. short clip on the overall suffrage movement suffrage foods prepared by NPC Chef Susan Delbert and a preview of the NPC suffrage exhibit, which will be featured throughout the month of March.
| Thursday, February 28, 2013 6:00 pm-8:30 pm
National Press Club
529 14th Street NW- 13th floor Ballroom
WHY: March is National Women’s History Month. One hundred years ago, suffragist Alice Paul and some 8,000 marchers from every state in the nation and every country where women had the vote led the historic women’s suffrage procession down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. The NPC program will celebrate the suffrage march, which put suffrage in the national spotlight in 1913, and in 1920, secured women’s voting rights through the 19th Amendment now enshrined in the Constitution. The media coverage of the suffrage procession was a turning point for the media and for the suffragists The media understood for the first time that suffrage was a national movement and began to take the movement more seriously; and, for the suffragists the media coverage was a windfall giving them credibility and real momentum for the final push towards suffrage.
SPEAKERS: Some of the speakers include: NPC President Angela Greiling Keane of Bloomberg News; Maureen Bunyan, veteran television news broadcaster and a primary anchor for ABC WJLA/7 and Joan Wages, President/CEO, National Women’s History Museum.
THE PANEL: Eleanor Clift as moderator, opens the panel discussion with a short video about the press coverage of the march/female journalists. Clift is the contributing editor for Newsweek Magazine and the Daily Beast, a popular panelist on The McLaughlin Group, and author of “Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment”;
Dr. J.D. Zahniser, the co-author (with the late Amelia Fry) of Alice Paul: The Making of a Political Leader (Oxford University) the first comprehensive scholarly biography of the controversial suffrage leader;
Erika Falk, Aspen Institute, former public radio reporter & anchor, and author of “Women for President: Media Bias in Nine Campaigns” on how the media cover women in campaigns;
Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, historian and author of the book, African American Women in the Struggle for the Vote: 1850-1920;
TICKETS: Admission is $15, ($10 for NPC members with promotional code); http://www.press.org/events/celebrating-suffrage-centennial
EXTRA **Past female presidents panel at National Press Club
On Friday, March 1 at 6:00 p.m., in the Holeman Lounge, the National Press Club is celebrating Women’s History Month with a panel discussion from past NPC female presidents.
The panel discussion will be moderated by Theresa Werner, who served as president of NPC in 2012. Panelists include Vivian Vahlberg (1982), Kay Vose (1991), Sylvia Smith (2008) and Donna Leinwand Leger (2009). The event is free and open to the public.
*About the National Press Club:
The National Press Club, a private club for journalists and communications professionals, has been a Washington institution for more than a century. The Club’s mission is to be The World’s Leading Professional Organization for Journalists. It is a social and business organization dedicated to supporting the ongoing improvement of the profession of journalism. It is known as “The Place Where News Happens.” Global leaders in government, politics, business, music, film and sport visit the club every day. They speak here at public and private events because the press is here. The Club has more than 3,500 members, including journalists from every major news organization. Each year, the Club hosts more than 250,000 visitors at more than 2,000 events that are beamed to global audiences in print, the air and online. Our journalist members have worked to create an ideal facility for news coverage – from a full service broadcast operation, to fiber and wireless connectivity, to professional audio-visual services.