The Women’s Media Center is proud to announce that the 2016 Women’s Media Awards will this year be hosted for the first time by Jane Fonda, the two-time Academy Award-winning star of Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie.”

Gayle King, co-anchor of “CBS This Morning” and three-time Emmy winner, will give the opening remarks at the event.

The announcement was made by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem, co-founders of the Women’s Media Center. The celebration will be held on September 29, 2016, at Capitale in New York City.

The Women’s Media Awards recognize and honor game-changers for women in media. By deciding who gets to talk, what creates the debate, who writes, and what is important enough to be visible, the media shapes our understanding of who we are and what we can be. The Women’s Media Awards shine a light on this important issue.

“I am so delighted that Jane Fonda, my friend and sister co-founder of the Women’s Media Center, is hosting our gala,” says WMC Co-Founder Robin Morgan. “Jane is a brilliant artist who continues to illumine new, challenging roles with her deep understanding of humanity. She’s also a longtime activist, contributing to and speaking out for progressive causes, especially women’s rights and empowerment. Gloria and I truly could not have founded the Women’s Media Center without her energy, vision, support, humor, star power, and plain hard work.”

“I am very honored to host this year’s Women’s Media Awards,” says Women’s Media Center Co-Founder Jane Fonda. “I am so proud of how, in the eleven years since the Women’s Media Center was founded, this organization has served as a powerful advocate for gender equality in the media. When only a tiny percentage of the top-level positions in media are held by women, it is crucial that we draw attention to the amazing work being done by women in all areas of media, that we provide a home base for training women to take the next big step, and that we highlight the huge need for further progress.”

“It is my great pleasure that this year the mighty Gayle King will be providing the opening remarks for our Women’s Media Awards,” says Women’s Media Center Co-Founder Gloria Steinem. “In her rich journalistic career and while anchoring one of America’s key national news shows, Gayle has been a leader and an exponent of the best in integrity, intelligence, and empathy. A past co-chair of the Women’s Media Awards, she is one of our greatest examples of a woman shining bright at the height of the media world.”

The Women’s Media Center, co-founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem, works to make women visible and powerful in media. The Women’s Media Center trains women leaders to be in the media; promotes women experts to the media through WMC SheSource; conducts groundbreaking research and reporting on media inclusion and accuracy; features women’s voices and stories on their radio broadcast and podcast, “Women’s Media Center Live with Robin Morgan” and through WMC Features, WMC Fbomb, WMC Speech Project and WMC Women Under Siege.

“The Women’s Media Awards were created to honor champions for women who use their media platforms to tell the stories, facts, and solutions crucial to all viewers, and to advance opportunities for women in media,” says Julie Burton, president of the Women’s Media Center. “Because media tells our stories and influences the role of women in every part of society, we are proud to honor these amazing women who set the standard for what media should look like when it gives voice to the female half of the country.”

To buy tickets or for more information about the 2016 Women’s Media Awards and the ongoing work of the Women’s Media Center, go to: www.womensmediacenter.com.

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