It’s Women’s History Month, and JAWS has much to celebrate. We are witnesses to history, and we have made history.
None of us knew Ida B. Wells or Nellie Bly, but we have the privilege of hanging out with our living icons, women like Betsy Wade, and Edie Lederer, and Linda Deutsch. We also get to hang out with each other, and who knows what the future will make of our work, and our travails?
Lottie Joiner is the interim editor-in-chief of The Crisis magazine and a Washington, D.C.-based freelance journalist. She covers race, social justice, civil rights and African American culture. Her work focuses on issues that impact minorities, women, marginalized and underserved communities. She has written for The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Time.com, Vox.com, The Undefeated, Essence magazine and TheAtlantic.com.
The Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) organization, which advocates for and supports women journalists, condemns in strongest terms the apparent abuses of power and inappropriate, predatory and sexist behavior that are coming to light with developments such as NPR Senior Vice President of News Mike Oreskes’ resignation following accusations of sexual harassment.
Over and over, Rita Henley Jensen‘s friends and colleagues describe her as “a force.” They call her formidable and extraordinary. Jensen used those strengths to fight her way out of poverty and into an award-winning career in journalism, working all the while to amplify women’s voices and advocate for their health and welfare.
Roxann Elliott is a freelance journalist and entrepreneur. She She will be working with Roxanne Foster the rest of the year and taking over the job of Journalism and Women Symposium Operations Director in January 2018.
Amanda Woytus is a multihyphenate; by day, she’s an editor at Food & Wine magazine in New York City. By night (and on weekends, lunch breaks, and even family vacations), she’s the creator of a passion project, a podcast called Life TK.
2017 fellowship recipient