From the Founders of the WMC: Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem
September 29, 2009We founded The Women's Media Center (WMC) in 2005 ignited by the dismal media coverage of the 2004 election and the lack of representation of women's voices and perspectives. Sadly, even in 2009 there is still much to do, and we need your financial support now more than ever for us to continue the fight against sexism in the media. The challenges we face in changing the media are daunting, but we can do it. From conversations on health care to the financial crisis, women's perspectives are still being excluded from the public discourse. BUT -- with your support, we are having an impact on media:
- Through our Progressive Women's Voices (PWV) program we have intensively media trained more than 60 women who obtained more than 3,500 media hits. In this select program, we are training the next generation of women leaders. In fact, one of our PWVers is changing the conversation regularly on MSNBC. Maria Teresa (Peterson) Kumar signed a contract to be a regular contributor.
- Through our Media Justice for Sonia Sotomayor campaign, we were able to get coverage on key feminist blogs as well in mainstream media. From this campaign PWVer Emma Coleman Jordan had about 30 media hits about Justice Sotomayor, including an AP article that was reprinted 65 times and she appeared on the News Hour with Jim Lehrer on PBS. Fellow PWVer Erica Gonzalez had about 17 media hits including a CNN appearance on the Campbell Brown Show, local radio and new media.
- The WMC acquired SheSource.org earlier this year. This on-line resource for journalists provides them with a database of some 500 women experts. The WMC has demonstrated success with SheSource.org, including having our expert, Tanya Acker, serve as a guest host for CNBC's Power Breakfast after wowing the regular host and staff during her appearances.
- Commentaries: The WMC produces regular commentaries written by women because we recognize and take action on the missing perspectives of women in the media -- approaches for dealing with North Korea, the impact of 9/11 on Muslim Americans, same sex couples, the persecution of women journalists abroad and nationally, and international violations of women's rights.