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WMC, Other Women’s Organizations Send Letter Asking President To Appoint a Women FCC Chair

March 22, 2013

For Immediate Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Over two dozen prominent women’s rights organizations and leaders signed a letter that was delivered today to the White House from the Women's Media Center calling on President Barack Obama to appoint the first female FCC Chair in the agency’s 80-year history.

“This would be a truly historic appointment,” the letter says. “There has never been a female chair of the Federal Communications Commission and a woman chair would go far to making women more visible and powerful in the media and technology.”

The letter cites media reports of a number of well-qualified candidates under consideration for the top job at the FCC, including former OECD Ambassador Karen Kornbluh, current FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel, Clinton administration FCC executives Susan Ness and Cathy Sandoval.

On January 4, the Women’s Media Center began a campaign to urge the White House to name a woman to head the governmental agency by launching a petition, where the public can join the campaign. WMC co-founders Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem also wrote an op-ed published on, titled “Obama, put a woman in charge of FCC.” The FCC chair position became available when Julius Genachowski announced he was stepping down.

Those signing letter to Obama include Women’s Media Center co-founders; Julie Burton, president of the Women’s Media Center; Geena Davis, founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; Sandra Finley, president and CEO of the League of Black Women; Kim Gandy, president and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence; Pat Mitchell, president and CEO of The Paley Center for Media; Terry O’Neill, president, National Organization for Women Foundation; Anika Rahman, president  and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women; Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation; and Dee Strum, National President of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.

The Women’s Media Center works to make women and girls visible and powerful in the media through strategic programs that transform the media landscape, which include media training, media monitoring and activism, media reports, media programs, and special initiatives.  The Women’s Media Center also produces original media content on our CBS radio show, Women’s Media Center Live with Robin Morgan, and publishes Women’s Media Center Features providing progressive women’s perspectives on headline stories and timely events. 

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