Media images affect all of us.

Jean Kilbourne is internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work on the image of women in advertising and for her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising. In the late 1960s she began her exploration of the connection between advertising and several public health issues, including violence against women, eating disorders, and addiction, and launched a movement to promote media literacy as a way to prevent these problems. A radical and original idea at the time, this approach is now mainstream and an integral part of most prevention programs.

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Praise for Jean's Work

Susan Faludi

Author, Backlash

“Jean Kilbourne’s work is pioneering and crucial to the dialogue of one of the most underexplored, yet most powerful, realms of American culture – advertising. We owe her a great debt.”

Harvard Business School

Boston, MA

“The importance of your research has not been lost on the Harvard Business School students as was evidenced by the remarkable turnout…The entire presentation will stand out as a highlight of our education here.”

John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History

Mark Tadajewski

“Dr. Kilbourne’s praxis includes the best of critical theory in terms of its ability to help people think through their engagement with the world, prompting us all to ask fundamental questions about whether the consumerist life makes us truly happy.”

Maya Angelou

Author, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

“I have enjoyed seeing and hearing Jean Kilbourne wrestle with the issues that beset us all. Her intelligent probing and the deductions she has made are of use to all her listeners and readers.”

Jaclyn Friedman

Writer, Speaker, Activist

“Jean Kilbourne inspired my ‘click’ moment when she came to my campus to give a talk. I always say that if feminism were vampirism, Jean would be my Lestat.”


Charles Jackson, ADWEEK editorial

“After listening to Jean Kilbourne, I would never doubt her intellectual honesty. While she bills herself as a critic of advertising, she is more akin to a prophet calling out in the wilderness for fundamental change in the way we communicate publicly with one another.”


American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, New York, NY

“No one in the world has done more to improve the image of women in advertising than Jean Kilbourne.”

Arlie Hochschild

Author, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

“Jean Kilbourne’s work is profoundly important. She’s one of those people who makes a difference in how we see the world.”

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