Progressive Women’s Voices

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE Progressive Women's Voices Class of 2013.  Click here to read more about our most recent PWV Alumnae.

Dates for 2014 PWV classes will be announced on the Women's Media Center's email list. Sign up to hear about WMC's Progressive Women's Voices training, other media trainings and WMC programs. 


Progressive Women’s Voices is the premier media and leadership training program for women in the country. Participants represent a range of expertise and diversity across race, class, geography, sexual preference, ability, and generation. They receive advanced, comprehensive training and tools to position themselves as media spokespeople in their fields, thereby changing the conversation on issues that fill headlines. Graduates join a supportive network of alumnae who support each other in their media goals.

With the WMC’s training and support, over 150 Progressive Women’s Voices experts have been featured in the Washington Post, The New York Times, Elle, New York Magazine, USA Today, Forbes, Variety, Mother Jones, the Wall Street Journal, Slate, Salon, New Republic, Los Angeles Times; by the Associated Press and Reuters; on "Good Morning America," CNN, MSNBC, "CBS Nightly News," Fox News, ABC News, CNBC, Bill Moyers, numerous NPR shows; and within hundreds of other top-tier media outlets.

Application Process:

The Women’s Media Center seeks women who have something to say and are eager to dive into the media conversations on the important issues of the day. Are you the next Rachel Maddow? Do you want to become a political contributor who is called upon to serve as a strong progressive voice in the media?  Apply for the WMC’s Progressive Women’s Voices program today! Criteria for selection include:

•Identification as a progressive feminist who is a recognized communicator in your field

•Demonstrated media savvy, political knowledge, ability to converse on many issues

•Willingness and desire to promote yourself, engage in new media experiences, and reach media goals

•One-year commitment to the leadership and training program

Progressive Women’s Voices starts with a highly competitive application process. Women who graduate from the program leave with a sophisticated understanding of the current media climate, what messages work best for different audiences, the most effective interview presentation and techniques, and specific training on how to:

•Position themselves as thought leaders/experts in their fields

•Craft strong media messages and newsworthy pitches

•Prepare for an interview

•Manage friendly and hostile broadcast interviews

•Incorporate video into their work

•Develop and place op-ed articles

Women representing diverse backgrounds, areas of expertise, professions, ethnicities, ages, geographical regions, and levels of experience are encouraged to apply (including those who have previously applied).

The PWV program is extremely competitive. Because of the high volume of quality applications, the WMC cannot accept as many deserving women as we would like. Candidates who have previously applied will be rigorously and impartially considered.

Selected participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging. Be assured that ability to pay is not a consideration in the review process. We will be providing a limited number of scholarships so that the program is accessible to women who need financial support. Women representing diverse backgrounds, areas of expertise, professions, ethnicities, abilities, ages, geographical regions and levels of experience are encouraged to apply (including those who have previously applied). 


Individuals/Small Nonprofit Rate: $295
Corporate Rate:  $1,000
Celebrity/Executive/Patron Rate: $2,500