We're thrilled to announce that longtime MEF friend and collaborator Jean Kilbourne will be one of 10 women inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY.
The induction ceremony will be held on Oct. 2-4 in downtown Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the American Women's Rights Movement.
Over the years MEF has had the privilege of producing Jean's award-winning Killing Us Softly videos, her pioneering analysis of images of women in advertising. We have also had the honor of collaborating with her on a number of other acclaimed films about eating disorders (Slim Hopes), alcohol and tobacco advertising (Deadly Persuasion), and the cultural dimensions of high-risk binge drinking (Spin the Bottle).
In its announcement, the National Women's Hall of Fame lauded Jean for her "groundbreaking work on the image of women in advertising and for her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising" and for "launch[ing] a movement to promote media literacy as a way to prevent these problems -- a radical and original idea at the time that is today mainstream and an integral part of most prevention programs."
The other inductees include dance legend Martha Graham, Feminist Majority founder and former NOW president Eleanor Smeal, and Carlotta Walls LaNier, the youngest member of the Little Rock Nine.
The National Women's Hall of Fame was created in 1969 by a group of Seneca Falls community members who believed that contributions of American women deserved a permanent home in the small village where the fight for women's rights began. The hall of fame is a not-for-profit organization.
You can read more about Jean's nomination, and all the other nominees, here.