08/21/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/21/2018 19:06

HCDC Business Center Client Spotlight: Putting Women in Their Place

New HCDC client Putting Women in Their Place uses technology to forward its mission to 'right the imbalance of power in government between women and men.' Founder Megan Park has more than 20 years' experience in the video/TV realm. 'The U.S. population is 51% women, but women hold only 23% of political offices. After I went to the Women's March in January 2017, I decided I wanted to use my talents to make a significant contribution to right this imbalance,' she says.

So she founded Putting Women in Their Place…an organization dedicated to assisting women candidates running for office. 'It starts at the local level,' she says. 'When women win local elections, they are in place to move up to state elections, then they move up to Washington. 'Putting Women in Their Place provides 1 introductory campaign video to women candidates at no cost. Film crews and media professionals volunteer a day of their time.

'We launched after Labor Day 2017, and by election day in November, we had shot 43 videos for 43 candidates in four states,' Megan says. Putting Women in Their Place uses its film crew network to set up video shoots in different states. 'Everything goes through the website (www.puttingwomenintheirplace.com). Candidates go there to sign up for a video. Film crews and media professionals go there to sign up to help make the videos.' The business plan is for candidates who have used the free services once to come back to purchase additional video services. 'By working with crews around the country, we then have teams in place when candidates are ready to create custom video campaigns.'

Putting Women in Their Place came to the HCDC Business Center because Megan hired HCDC client 4th Floor Creative to film high school soccer footage for a documentary she is working on. When she came onto the Business Center campus to visit with 4th Floor, she was impressed and inquired about the building and how to become a tenant. The organization moved into HCDC in August 2018. The midterms are coming around quickly. PWITP is raising funds to sponsor more free videos via crowdsource website crowdpac.com. (You can see their campaign here: https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/382906/elect-progressive-pro-choice-women-in-2018)