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VIDEO: Laura Benanti Wants You To Use The F Word: Feminism

It's a safe bet that Broadway audiences will not be hearing Tony-winner Laura Benanti using the f word when they see her on stage in Roundabout's new revival of Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joe Masteroff's SHE LOVES ME, now previewing at Studio 54.

Off-stage, however, you can't stop Laura Benanti from using the f word.


So devoted is the Broadway star to that word and all that it stands for, that Benanti is serving as a judge for SheKnows Media's #TheFWord video contest, held in partnership with the Ms. Foundation for Women.

Individuals who are over 18 and living in the US or Canada of all genders, ethnicities and points of view are invited to submit original two- to three-minute videos describing what feminism means to them. The contest is meant to ignite conversation on feminism and intersectionality through the lens of powerful, personal storytelling.

Videos will be judged based on 3 main criteria: 1) Creativity, 2) Quality and 3) Originality. Entries can take any tone or use any storytelling format, but all should use good high-quality video and audio production.

The winner will receive a prize package that includes $4,000 cash, a trip to New York City for #TheFWord's screening event on Equal Pay Day, April 12, 2016 and an article about their video posted on SheKnows Media. The Deadline to enter is March 4th, 2016 at 11:59PM.

Along with Laura Benanti, judges include:

  • Connie Britton, Emmy-nominated actress, with stand-out roles on series such as "Nashville," "American Horror Story" and "Friday Night Lights"
  • Kristen Joiner, President of The Representation Project
  • Tonya Lewis Lee, producer, entrepreneur and writer
  • Alexandra Posen, artist and Co-Founder of Zac Posen
  • Franchesca Ramsey, writer, actress and video blogger best known for her Chescaleigh Comedy channel and host of "MTV Decoded"
  • Michael Skolnik, civil rights activist and former President of Russell Simmons'
  • Jamia Wilson, Executive Director at Women, Action and the Media
  • Teresa C. Younger, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Foundation


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