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Love Your Body: Press Requests
Latest Information: NOW Foundation Celebrates 10th Annual Love Your Body Day (October 2007)
About the Campaign
The NOW Foundation's Women's Health Project launched the Love Your Body campaign in Sept. 1998 as a national day of action to speak out against advertisements and images of women that are harmful, offensive, disrespectful and demeaning. Each year, on Love Your Body Day, activists around the country say "no" to twisted beauty standards and hazardous advertisements by holding rallies, pickets, house parties, classroom discussions and more.
There are many ways to get involved with the campaign: host a house party; write letters or collect signatures for a petition to send to magazines and advertisers whose ads are offensive to women and girls; organize a workshop at school, the library or a woman's center on body image, self-esteem, nutrition and health; hold a news conference or a speak-out to publicize concerns about eating disorders or cosmetic surgery; give awards/recognition to local merchants who portray women in positive ways; perform a play, have a poetry reading, put together a collage; or get creative and participate in NOW Foundation's annual Love Your Body poster contest.
The following spokespeople are available for comment. If you'd like to book an interview, please contact the NOW Press Department at 202-628-8669 x116.
Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women since 2001, is the principal spokesperson for the organization. A longtime feminist activist, she is a former trial lawyer and the mother of two young daughters.
Wendy Hilsen-Bernard is a feminist therapist, stress-reduction expert, and yoga and meditation teacher. She currently maintains a private practice and leads retreats, trainings and workshops nationwide.Wendy Shanker is a 32-year-old writer and comedian whose first book, The Fat Girls Guide to Life, was published in April 2004.
Olga Vives, an outspoken leader in the feminist movement, works to expand NOW's reach to more women of color, lesbians, and young feminists. Originally from Cuba, she is NOW's executive vice president.
Jessica Weiner is an author, self-esteem expert, and advice columnist whose new book, Life Doesn't Begin 5 Pounds From Now, attempts to decode the "language of fat" that women speak every day and explores how body image controls the way women think about all aspects of their lives: health, wealth, family, career and relationships.
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