Documentary highlights and encourages female participation in the political system
BENTONVILLE, Ark., February 28, 2008 – American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT) and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) today announced more than 10 screenings of the documentary “14 Women” during the months of March and April throughout the country. Sponsored by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., a longtime AWRT and WIPP supporter and partner, “14 Women” is a candid and inspirational film that follows 14 female senators in the 109th U.S. Congress. Screenings of the bi-partisan documentary film will be held at select high schools, as well as community and business organizations, including Girls Incorporated, local Girl Scouts, the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas and the Wal-Mart Home Office.
“This is a chance for us to shout from the rooftops about the historic number of female senators in the 109th Congress,” said AWRT President Maria Efantis Brennan. “Watching ‘14 Women,’ you see just how far our country has come in terms of powerful women affecting change, and how far we still have to go.”
“There have been many extraordinary women that have chosen to devote their energies to public service. They bring a richness of thought, life experience, expertise and management to their roles in government,” said Barbara Kasoff, president and CEO, Women Impacting Public Policy. “We are fortunate to be able to peek into the world of the wonderful ‘14 Women’ of the Senate, and watch them in action as they bring their unique gifts to our country.”
The “14 Women” documentary allows audience members to witness the important role women play in the U.S. government and the impact the featured legislators have on the country. The film demonstrates how these women of power balance their personal lives and workloads, while assisting in leading the country and managing issues such as immigration reform, Hurricane Katrina, and Iraq War funding, among many others.
“As America celebrates Women’s History Month this March, it’s important for us to recognize how women shape our nation through their talents and leadership,” said Susan Chambers, executive vice president, people division, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and a member of the WIPP Corporate Advisory Council. “‘14 Women’ is a remarkable look at how female legislators are changing the political arena and leading their communities and country into the future. Wal-Mart is proud to be part of such an exciting film that will inspire women of all backgrounds and ages to make their mark in this world.”
The “14 Women” screenings will take place in Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles; Philadelphia; Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Bentonville, Ark.; Little Rock, Ark.;, San Francisco; and Nashville, Tenn. The film’s director, Mary Lambert, or the film’s producers, Sharon Oreck or Nicole Boxer will attend the screenings to answer questions regarding the documentary and to discuss the importance of female participation in the political system. To learn more about “14 Women” or to obtain additional information on the screenings, please visit www.14womenthemovie.com.
About American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT)
The year 2008 marks the 57th Anniversary of American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT), the longest established professional association dedicated to advancing women in media and entertainment. AWRT carries forth its mission by educating, advocating and acting as a resource to its members and the industry at large. Founded in 1951, AWRT works to improve the quality of electronic media; promote the entry, development and advancement of women in the field; foster communication and idea exchange; and give back to the community we serve.
About Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)
Women Impacting Public Policy is a national bi-partisan group comprising over half a million members. The non-profit organization is the public policy voice for 45 national Women in Business groups and is The Voice for Women in Business in Our Nation’s Capital. WIPP strengthens its members’ sphere of influence in the legislative process, creates economic opportunities for members and builds alliances with other small business organizations. Visit www.wipp.org.
About Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT)
Every week, millions of customers visit Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets, and Sam’s Club locations across America or log on to its online store at www.walmart.com. The company and its Foundation are committed to a philosophy of giving back locally. Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) is proud to support the causes that are important to customers and associates right in their own neighborhoods, and last year gave more than $270 million to local communities in the United States. To learn more, visit www.walmartfacts.com, www.walmartstores.com, or www.walmartfoundation.org.