Mariane Pearl to Accept Journalism Prize from General Federation of Women's Clubs
Journalist recognized for "Global Diary" series in Glamour magazine, highlighting women's issues around the world.
Washington, DC - "Who changes the world, and how?" With these two questions, journalist Mariane Pearl began a globe-crossing column in Glamour magazine that has earned her the 12th Annual Jane Cunningham Croly Print Journalism Award for Excellence in Covering Issues of Concern to Women. The award is given by the General Federation of Women's Clubs to a journalist who is making significant contributions to the understanding and advancement of women's issues. Ms. Pearl will accept the award at GFWC's 116th Annual International Convention on June 10 in Philadelphia.
Launching the "Global Diary" column in the September 2006 issue of Glamour, Pearl wrote of her hope to "meet women who, by challenging their own fate, are shaping our world and helping to write the history of our generation." Pearl herself exemplifies this quality. She is a documentary filmmaker and the author of A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband, Danny Pearl. The book, which is available in 18 countries, has won two international awards. Pearl has written for publications including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, and The Sunday Times of London. She lives in Paris with her five-year-old son, Adam.
"GFWC is thrilled to recognize the powerful journalism of Mariane Pearl," said GFWC International President Jacquelyn Pierce. "By bringing awareness to the issues facing women around the globe, she captures the courage and vision of Jane Croly, who dedicated her life to helping women improve their lives and expand their rights." Three articles from the "Global Diary" column were entered into the Croly Journalism contest: "The Sex Slave Tragedy" (September 2006); "The Women Who Dare Defy a Dictator" (October 2006); and "She Stands Up to the Toughest Criminals" (December 2006).
The Jane Cunningham Croly Print Journalism Award honors the founder of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. Born in 1829, Jane Croly, writing under the pen name "Jennie June," began her journalism career in the 1860s in New York City. She held editorial positions on newspapers and magazines for more than 40 years, always focusing on issues of concern to women and on subjects that would raise their intellectual status. In 1868, Croly organized Sorosis, a pioneer woman's club, and, 21 years later, issued a call to other such clubs around the country to form the General Federation of Women's Clubs. Through early clubs, and still today, women found an outlet for their energies and a way to influence the world around them.
The annual journalism contest, which includes a cash prize, raises public awareness of Mrs. Croly's contribution to the advancement of women and encourages more print reporters to follow her example. Past winners include: Lou Kilzer for The Rocky Mountain News (2006); Sharon Lerner for The Village Voice and The Nation magazine (2005); and Mariko Thompson for The Los Angeles Daily News (2004). Judges for the 2007 contest were: Erin Fuller, Executive Director of the National Association of Women Business Owners; Rita Henley Jensen, Editor in Chief of Women's Enews; and Kate Washington, PhD, freelance journalist.
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The General Federation of Women's Clubs, one of the world's largest and oldest women's volunteer community service organizations, was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in Washington, DC. GFWC has more than 100,000 members in affiliated clubs in every state and over a dozen countries. Visit us online at www.gfwc.org.
In 2006, GFWC and its members raised nearly $32 million on behalf of more than 230,000 projects, and volunteered more than 8.4 million hours. GFWC members and clubs work on projects in six main areas: arts; conservation; education; home life; international affairs; and public affairs.
The President's Special Project for 2006-2008 is domestic violence awareness and prevention. In the first year of this project, GFWC members initiated nearly 4,000 projects and raised over $1 million to programs related to this cause.
GFWC was recognized on the floor of the United States Senate as "a gem among our midst" by Senator Joseph Biden (DE) for our work in bringing hope to victims and survivors of domestic violence and abuse. (November 16, 2006)
Notable GFWC clubwomen have included: Julia Ward Howe, author of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"; Jane Addams, founder of Hull House; Nellie Tayloe Ross, the first female governor and the first woman to be appointed Director of the United States Mint; Eleanor Roosevelt, first lady, social reformer, columnist, teacher, and political activist; and Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman to ever be elected to both Houses of Congress, and the first woman to campaign for the presidential nomination of a major political party.