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Finding a Media Career that Suits Me—Not My Image of Myself

| March 3, 2009

From an early age, the author had a particular kind of career in mind. And, rapidly, she was realizing her dreams working in network television—until she stepped back and took another look at what she wanted in life. More »

The Fox Disconnect

| February 18, 2009

As part of a Women’s Media Center campaign demanding that Bill O’Reilly apologize for his personal, sexist attack on the legendary White House correspondent Helen Thomas, Courtney Martin, a member of the WMC Progressive Women’s Voices program, appeared on The O’Reilly Factor this week to drive the message home. Here is Martin's account of the experience and its aftermath. (The WMC also received hundreds of hateful, profanity-laced, sometimes threatening emails and calls after calling for O’Reilly’s apology.) More »

Of Slumdog and Loveleen

Of Slumdog and Loveleen

| February 17, 2009

The author, a filmmaker herself, considers what the woman with the title of “co-director” contributed to the remarkable success of a leading contender for both best director and best picture at this year’s Oscars—and what the controversy means for women filmmakers. More »

Frozen River: Oscar’s 2009 Cinderella Story

| February 13, 2009

A small budget movie breaks every conventional rule for success, and its writer and director, Courtney Hunt, is riding high—whether or not her film wins awards next week. More »

Turning Pain to Power

| February 2, 2009

Women and girls in eastern Congo suffer sexual atrocities that are tactics of war in the region. Playwright Eve Ensler has joined with Dr. Denis Mukwege to ask us to imagine the unimaginable, to empathize and join together to end the terror. More »

Battling to Rebuild New Orleans

| January 6, 2009

NBC Looks Backward with “Meet the Press” Pick

NBC Looks Backward with “Meet the Press” Pick

| December 4, 2008

Another white male journalist is about to join the TV networks’ Sunday morning lineup—and it’s not as though there were no women, or men of color, to choose from. NBC demonstrates, at the very least, a surprising lack of imagination in this year of diversity. More »

The 2008 Women's Conference: Californians Turn Out For an Idea Fix

| October 24, 2008

Celebrities, coping advice, products and services are lavishly available to thousands of women at this annual event hosted by Maria Shriver. Backing up the show is a well-organized network of state organizations offering women and girls support and connection throughout the year. More »

Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones

| October 10, 2008

Words matter. From caregivers to teenagers to journalists, use of biased language, often unconsciously, can cause measurable harm, new studies show. The Ad Council, with PSAs featuring Hilary Duff among others, addresses one part of the problem in a campaign launched today. More »

Keeping Hold of Your Vision—the Making of Hounddog

| September 17, 2008

One of the dirty secrets of the film business is that it takes women directors a long time to get their films made. The Women, which opened recently, took Diane English 14 years to bring to the screen; other examples include Tamara Jenkins award-winning The Savagesand Kimberly Peirce's Stop-Loss, which took 10 years each. Writer/director Deborah Kampmeier joins this illustrious club with her own decade long trek to see her filmHounddog starring Dakota Fanning finally released in theatres. More »