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GFWC Honors Selena Rezvani, Abigail Pesta With National Journalism Award


Contact: Peter Charbonneau                                                                                                                        For Immediate Release
P: 202-347-3168 or 617-571-7457
E: PCharbonneau@GFWC.org 


Pesta becomes first two-time winner of 17th Annual Jane Cunningham Croly Award
for Excellence in Journalism Covering Issues of Concern to Women

June 15, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) – Marking a pair of firsts in the 17-year history of the award, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs today honored author and Washington Post columnist Selena Rezvani, and Newsweek/The Daily Beast Editorial Director, Women in the World, Abigail Pesta with its annual Jane Cunningham Croly Award for Excellence in Journalism Covering Issues of Concern to Women. It is the first time the award, which recognizes journalists who best capture the courage, vision, and spirit of GFWC’s founder and pioneering journalist Jane Cunningham Croly, was presented to two recipients in the same year. In addition, Pesta, who was honored in 2011, becomes the first two-time winner of the Croly Award. Croly Award winners demonstrate a concern for the rights and advancement of women in our society; an awareness of women’s strength and courage; and/or an attempt to counteract sexism.

Pesta was selected for her uplifting story on The Daily Beast, “How a Blogger Blocked Sex Slavery,” which tells of how a 24 year-old New York City woman took in two stranded Russian college students, saving them from possible human trafficking – simply because she read about their plight online.

“I am thrilled and delighted to have Abby, an amazing and talented young writer, as our first two-time Croly Award winner,” says GFWC International President Carlene Garner. “I was inspired to read how one caring, committed person can make such a difference in two others’ lives. It’s a marvelous presentation of human spirit.”

Rezvani’s series of columns in the Washington Post covering women’s leadership issues, including “A Glass Ceiling, By Any Other Name”, which asks if such monikers help or hinder women’s progress among the workforce, presents a clear focus on current problems while offering potential solutions.

“Selena’s portrayal of the potential of women is something every woman should read,” states Garner. “Her writing is an inspiration – these are great lessons for all of us to learn.”

Pesta is the former Editor-at-Large for Marie Claire and occasionally writes for The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. She writes short stories for her website, Fine Words Butter No Parsnips.

Rezvani is a recognized authority on women and leadership and is a leading author, speaker, and consultant regarding women and the workplace. She is the author of two books, The Next Generation of Women Leaders: What You Need to Lead but Won’t Learn in Business School, and PUSHBACK: How Smart Women Ask – and Stand Up – for What They Want.

For more information about the award and past honorees, visit www.GFWC.org.



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