Women's History Heroes 2012
Co-Artistic Director, Cultural Odyssey
Artistic Director, Medea Project
Rhodessa Jones is the Co-Artistic Director of the San Francisco acclaimed performance company Cultural Odyssey. Jones is also the Founder/ Artistic Director of the award winning Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, a performance workshop designed to achieve personal and social transformation with incarcerated women.
The Medea Project expanded in 2008 to included women living with HIV. Cultural Odyssey and The Women's Health Project at UC Medical Center are community partners in San Francisco. Jones is currently extending the Medea Project methodology on a global level with ongoing residency activities in Johannesburg, South Africa working with incarcerated women inside the Naturena Women's Correctional Center.
Dr. Raye Mitchell
Chief Social Entrepreneur, The New Reality Foundation
Founder, G.U.R.L.S. Rock Leadership Program
Raye Mitchell founded The New Reality Foundation in 2007 to meet the needs of girls excel as global leaders and to negate the negative impact of race and gender stereotypes in media and entertainment.
Under Mitchell's leadership, The New Reality Foundation has expanded to a national and soon to be global presence. In 2010, Mitchell launched the highly successful and acclaimed G.U.R.L.S. Rock Leadership Program, which provides a dynamic global leadership-training program that is preparing girls and women of color as the next generation of global leaders. In 2012, G.U.R.L.S. Rock launches The Global Leadership Project whereby girls from the Bay Area will go on a global leadership journey in 2014.
President, Filipina Women's Network
Marily Mondejar is an advocate against domestic violence and trafficking of Filipina women. In 2009, Mondejar ended her career as an advisor to devote her energies full-time as the founding president of the Filipina Women's Network, a nonprofit organization for Filipina women in the United States.Throughout the years, she has worked to spread the campaign's message, etching domestic violence into the public consciousness to such an extent that domestic violence is now talked about but enables women to break the silence and shame around domestic violence and trafficking and to seek help.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee recently appointed her to the San Francisco Redistricting Task Force that will redraw the boundaries for San Francisco's 11 supervisors' districts, laying the groundwork for the city's political future for the next decade.
Executive Director, Urban Releaf
Kemba Shakur is the Founder and Director of Urban Releaf, an environmental nonprofit responsible for the planting and caring of an estimated 15,000 trees in low-income East Bay communities. She founded the Urban Releaf 12 years ago, guiding it to success by abiding two key principles - creating a more beautiful community where residents take pride in where they live and offering opportunities for at-risk youth and unemployed adults to gain marketable skills.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
KQED Celebrates Women's History Month
KQED proudly celebrates the richness and diversity of the greater San Francisco Bay Area by commemorating Women's History Month. In March, KQED Public TV 9 and Public Radio 88.5 FM schedule a special lineup of programs focused on themes and issues related to women.
"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area
KQED's "Boomtown" series will seek to identify what is happening in real time in the current boom, and also draw out the causes and possible solutions to the conflicts and pressures between the old and the new.