Healthy Media Advocacy on Capitol Hill

L-R: Deborah Taylor Tate, Rep. Tammy Baldwin, Senator Kay Hagan, Girl Scout Katie McGraff, Geena Davis, background Girl Scouts from Nation’s Capitol CouncilTo kick off a lobby day on July 13th Girl Scouts hosted a breakfast sponsored by the Kappa Delta Sorority for advocates of the Healthy Media for Youth Act and local Kappa Delta members. Advocacy training was provided for the Kappa Delta's to engage in supporting the Healthy Media for Youth Act and to educate them on how to take the issue back to their college campuses.

Healthy Media for Youth Act advocates then joined Girl Scout staff for a series of meeting to engage and educate policymakers around healthy media and to ask for their support. The team had discussions with Senators Mikulski (MD), Boxer (CA), Collins (ME) and Ayotte (NH), and Representatives Wasserman Schultz (FL), Gwen Moore (WI), Joanne Emerson (MO), and Leonard Lance (NJ).

Later in the day Senator Hagan and Congresswoman Baldwin joined Senior Girl Scout Katie McGraff, former FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate and Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis for a press conference on Capitol Hill to introduce of the Healthy Media for Youth Act. The bill promotes media literacy and youth empowerment programs, authorizes research on the role and impact of depictions of girls and women in the media, and provides for the establishment of a National Task Force on Girls and Women in the Media.