The Women’s Media Center is a progressive, nonpartisan nonprofit organization working to raise the visibility, viability and decision-making power of women and girls in media and, thereby, ensuring that their stories get told and their voices are heard. To reach those necessary goals, we strategically use an array of interconnected channels and platforms to transform not only the media landscape but also a culture in which women’s and girls’ voices, stories, experiences and images are neither sufficiently amplified nor placed on par with the voices, stories, experiences and images of men and boys.
One of the first steps to changing the culture is to recognize the problem. The Women’s Media Center’s research and reports shed a light on the underrepresentation and misrepresentation of women in the media.
Our “Divided” research offers a snapshot of gender participation across all platforms. WMC’s “Status of Women in Media Report” consists of an avalanche of studies and reports examining the representation of women in newspapers, online-only news sites, television, radio, social media, video games and film. It is the industry standard on where women stand and serves as a map to where women need to go.
WMC investigations explore a myriad of topics, including reproductive rights, campus rape and sexual assault, women in politics, and the Academy and Emmy awards.
- The Women’s Media Center Status of Women in US Media Report
- WMC Media Watch — Rape and Rape Culture
- WMC Media Watch — Reproductive Issues
- WMC Media Watch — The Gender Gap in Non-Acting Oscar Nominations
- WMC Media Watch — The Gender Gap in Non-Acting Emmy Nominations
- WMC — Name It. Change It.
- WMC Guide to gender bias in language
The Women's Media Center produces original articles—reports and commentaries—on important issues by a diverse group of women journalists and experts. Our News & Features articles provide progressive women's perspectives on both headline stories and events and trends ignored or misrepresented in the mainstream media, including feminist analysis of news events; stories that examine the media’s treatment of women; stories about women in the media industry; and coverage of issues of concern to women in areas such as economic justice, racial justice, politics, human and civil rights, reproductive rights, women in media, and women as leaders.
WMC Women Under Siege shows how sexualized and other violence is being used to devastate women and tear apart communities around the world, conflict by conflict, from the Holocaust to Burma. It is the only journalism project of its kind dedicated to this subject in a complex way. We keep these stories in the headlines for the public and policy makers, for educators and students.
Our conflict page has an ever-growing list of analyses looking at where women’s bodies have been weaponized in war. Our crowd-sourced map of sexualized violence in Syria, made in conjunction with Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, was the first such map to live-track rape in an ongoing war.
With this project, the Women’s Media Center is sending a message to the press, and to the world, that we can make the unspeakable visible and comprehensible, and in doing so begin to bring about an end to the global epidemic of violence against women.
WMC FBomb was created by and for intersectional teen feminists and provides socially conscious youth with the personal and professional tool of a media platform. It serves as a welcoming community to feminist-minded young adults and amplifies their voices within a broader social justice dialogue.
The “FBomb” stands for “feminist.” It is loud, proud, sarcastic and passionate—everything young feminists are today.
Founded by Julie Zeilinger in 2009, the WMC FBomb enables a dialogue among young feminists. Contributors have sparked debates and conversations about everything from current events and feminist ideologies to pop culture and beyond.
The WMC FBomb has an open submissions policy: submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis. There is no limit to the number of submissions per person, and multiple submissions and submissions sent over time are encouraged. Please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The WMC Speech Project is dedicated to expanding women’s freedom of expression and curbing online harassment and abuse. We work closely with civil society advocates, technology companies, researchers, academics, lawmakers and activists to raise media awareness about what online harassment is and what its costs to women’s civic and political participation are. The internet, a transformative space for girls and women, allows us to transcend national boundaries and obstacles to our equality. However, the qualities that make the internet a revolutionary space also enable powerful variations on old themes: violence against women and the cultural policing of girls and women. Our goal is to increase understanding of the nature, scope and costs of online misogyny and abuse in order to contribute to new frameworks that will ensure that free speech is a right that extends equally to all. We are committed to the creation of a robust and safe public commons that will expand our freedom of expression and engagement in the public sphere instead of limiting it.
Women's Media Center Live with Robin Morgan is a nationally syndicated American radio show with an international audience in 110 countries around the globe. The weekly show is hosted by Robin Morgan, the award-winning author of over 20 books, political analyst, former editor-in-chief of Ms. magazine, and, in 2005, co-founder (with Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem) of the Women's Media Center.
Hailed as "Talk radio with a brain!” by The Huffington Post, WMC Live with Robin Morgan tackles today's hottest topics; whether it be sex, politics, art, humor, religion, culture, or news stories that go unreported, each is engaged regularly, insightfully, and intelligently.
All this, and of course, Morgan's celebrated commentaries in the segments Inside the Headlines, Verbal Karate, News You Can Use, The Surrealism Corner, We Won This, and Fighting Words, only on WMC Live with Robin Morgan.
WMC SheSource is an online database of media-experienced women experts who we connect to journalists, bookers and producers looking for sources. WMC SheSource makes it easier for journalists to include diverse women’s voices across all topics in their news coverage.
Problem: Women are underrepresented in media.
- Women accounted for 28% of guests on morning and primetime cable shows during the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. (Who Talks? Project)
- In the largest 12 newspapers, 32% of those quoted in stories about campus rape were women, and 33% of those quoted in stories about reproductive health issues were women (Women’s Media Center)
- 38% of U.S. news sources in print, radio and TV were women in a single day’s stories in 2015. (Global Media Monitoring Program)
Become part of the solution.
- Sign up to receive our weekly email of experts on timely news topics.
- Apply to join WMC SheSource as an expert.
- Follow us on Twitter for expert suggestions.
WMC SheSource is used regularly by journalists from CNN, Fox, MSNBC, NPR, Bloomberg, The New York Times, Marie Claire, BSkyB, The Daily Beast, Al Jazeera, Foreign Policy, and many more.
The Women’s Media Center (WMC) media training and leadership programs seek to elevate women’s voices through media training. By training women leaders and experts to be media-ready and promoting them to reporters and media outlets, we change the face of media.
Women in media are often viewed as ornaments, not instruments. Through the Women’s Media Center training programs, our experts are prepared for all media platforms to raise important issues, be role models, expand the talent pool of commentators, analysts, reporters, writers, and to be promoted through our WMC SheSource database of experts.
WMC programs provide customized message development and media training to help women understand the media landscape and leverage media opportunities, own their expertise, know the critical elements of an interview, effective writing and pitching of op-eds, persuasively shape their media messages, build sound bites, learn on-camera techniques and personal presentation skills.