Activist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jeanne Clark is Pittsburgh-based grassroots organizer, trainer, author, and media consultant for feminist, civil rights, LGBTQ, the environment, and other social justice causes. She is also the only woman to have received both the Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow Award and the Vagina Warrior Award.
For more than 40 years, Clark has created change and worked with the media across the nation. Clark coordinated media coverage for many major marches in DC since 1975, including the first-ever national abortion rights march, the 1975 Mother's Day of Outrage at the Vatican Embassy; the massive Marches for Women's Lives, framing the debate positively for abortion rights as a majority belief; and the 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation.
She served as press secretary for the National Organization for Women and as CEO of Anthony, Stanton and Gage, a feminist political consulting firm. She coordinated media coverage for the National Republican Coalition for Choice at the 1992 Republican National Convention. On behalf of the Feminist Majority, she led clinic defense activities in Mississippi in August 1994, successfully coordinating support for the state’s only physician performing abortions.
Clark serves as chair of the Women's Caucus of the Allegheny County Democratic Party and chair of Shadyside Dems, the Democratic Committee of the Seventh Ward of the City of Pittsburgh. For 13 years, Clark was director of communications for Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture - www.pennfuture.org), a statewide organization that promotes and protects Pennsylvania’s environment and economy. She currently serves as the voice and face of sewage in Allegheny County. She is also a freelance writer and blogger for Ms. Magazine (www.msmagazine.com)
When Clark ran for public office, her supporters threatened to send a fundraising letter that began, “Jeanne Clark is a fighter. Perhaps you’ve fought with her yourself.” It would have made a boatload of money.