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How Women Are Portrayed in Media: Do You See Progress?

Caroline Turner | Posted 03.04.2016 | Women
Caroline Turner

My observation is that there has been a slight but positive shift in how women are portrayed in media. I see powerful women anchors on respected television news shows and some of the morning network news programs.

Curves Ahead! Barbie and SI Get (More) Real!

Beverly Wettenstein | Posted 02.22.2016 | Women
Beverly Wettenstein

The new Barbies and the SI Swimsuit models are more real than the (un)Real Housewives and bachelorettes on TV. They represent small steps forward for womankind and the women's movement.

This Week In Normalization: A Top Exec Gets #OscarsSoWhite But America Doesn't

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 02.19.2016 | Entertainment

The entertainment industry is timidly embracing a long-overdue discussion on what we'll call "normalization" -- allowing directors, screenwriters, pro...

Most Stories About Reproductive Issues Are Written By Men

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 01.21.2016 | Women

Academic studies can be fascinating... and totally confusing. So we decided to strip away all of the scientific jargon and break them down for you. T...

Women's Media Center 2015 Media Awards

Madinah James | Posted 01.13.2016 | Media
Madinah James

Last fall, the Women's Media Center celebrated a milestone marking it's 10-year anniversary during the 2015 Women's Media Center Awards ceremony held ...

Actually, The 2015 Emmys Show Women In Television Still Have A Ways To Go

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 09.28.2015 | Entertainment

The 2015 Emmys were celebrated as a huge victory for women. In his opening monologue, host Andy Samberg accidentally-on-purpose confused "wage gap" an...

How to Get More Women Above the Fold: Elect Them

Barbara Lee | Posted 06.29.2016 | Media
Barbara Lee

Women's voices in every facet of media are important because they change the conversation by making it more inclusive. Much like their presence in politics, women's presence in news -- as reporters, sources and story subjects -- isn't nearly representative of their presence in our country.

The Media's Gender Problem Still Looks Awful

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 06.04.2015 | Media

It's 2015, and media is still a man's world. According to an annual report by Women's Media Center analyzing 27,758 pieces of content, 62.1 percent...

Jane Fonda on Her Life, Her Passions, and Her Priorities

Marianne Schnall | Posted 06.08.2015 | Entertainment
Marianne Schnall

I recently sat down with the iconic, Academy award-winning actress (and best-selling author of seven books) for a far-ranging conversation for AOL BUILD, in which we talked about a variety of topics, including the need for more women's voices and diversity in Hollywood and the media.

Flour Power: Women Chefs Reap Just Desserts in Food & Wine and White House

Beverly Wettenstein | Posted 02.16.2015 | Women
Beverly Wettenstein

The proof is in the pudding this year. Women chefs cracked the glass ceiling repeatedly to achieve record "first female" milestones in culinary history, magazines, James Beard Awards, the White House and Michelin guides.

Beyonce In Her Underwear On Time's 100 Most Influential People Cover? Time Out!

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 07.06.2014 | Media
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Mainstream Media, like Time Magazine, needs to be called out for how they continue to represent women, even as we enter the positions of greatest power.

Robin Morgan, the Pope and Me

Angela Bonavoglia | Posted 07.04.2014 | Women
Angela Bonavoglia

My recent HuffPost piece -- "For Pope Francis: A To-Do List on Women" -- made the web rounds and landed on the desk of Robin Morgan. She asked me to be a guest on her show "Women's Media Center Live with Robin Morgan," which I happily did.

Tattoos and Women in Journalism

Mike Webb | Posted 06.28.2014 | Hawaii
Mike Webb

New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson has a tattoo of the Times' "T" on her back. And I thought that was kind of cool. As the leader of America's foremost daily news organization, Abramson has to have a thick skin.

Why It's So Important For Older Women To Share Their Stories

Suzanne Braun Levine | Posted 05.06.2014 | Fifty
Suzanne Braun Levine

During the 17 years I edited 'Ms.' I learned how to identify our history-in-the-making: if one woman is experiencing something, there are surely countless others who have been keeping quiet, convinced that they are either the only ones - or simply insane.

Report's Dismal Findings About Women In Media

The Huffington Post | Katherine Fung | Posted 02.19.2014 | Media

A newly released report confirms the still-dismal state of women's representation in the news industry. The Women's Media Center's annual "Status o...

More Than a Few Good Men in Maine Media

Cynthia Dill | Posted 12.29.2013 | Media
Cynthia Dill

It's harder than ever to get unbiased reporting. Every ideology has its own channel, every bully their own pulpit. Social media gives anyone with a device a voice, and reduces complexity to a sound-bite. The Center for Public Interest Reporting disrupts this frenetic pace just in time for the 2014 elections, and offers up the opposite of all-inclusive, short and new.

Gloria Steinem Calls Out Media Over Representation Of Women

The Huffington Post | Katherine Fung | Posted 09.19.2013 | Media

Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda and Robin Morgan appeared on Wednesday's "CBS This Morning" to call for greater representation of women in the media. T...

The Need for Talk Radio Beyond Table Talk

Lori Sokol | Posted 11.05.2013 | Media
Lori Sokol

As a long-time writer, but a much more recent radio talk show host, I have found that there are simply some things that are spontaneously said aloud that, if given more time, would not only never have been said, but certainly never written down.

BOY'S CLUB: New Study Shows Huge Media Gender Gap

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 02.23.2013 | Media

A new report from the Women's Media Center paints an overwhelmingly negative portrait of the level of female representation in the news business. T...

Has It Really Been a Lifetime Already?

Pat Mitchell | Posted 01.21.2013 | Media
Pat Mitchell

It was such an overwhelming honor to not only receive a lifetime achievement award from the Women's Media Center last week, but to have the award itself named after me in perpetuity.

Olympics 2012: You Go, Girls!

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 09.26.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

For the first time, there are more women on the U.S. team than men. But before we pat ourselves on the back, take a look at a few instances of sexism skulking around the "you go, girl" edges.

Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem Compare Rush Limbaugh To Nazi

Posted 05.12.2012 | Media

A trio of feminist icons called on Saturday for the Federal Communications Commission to take steps to remove Rush Limbaugh from the airwaves — and ...

What The Iowa Caucus Means for Women

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 03.03.2012 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

It's unpatriotic and irresponsible to ignore sexism.

Ibtihaj Muhammad May be the First U.S. Olympian To Compete In A Hijab -- Here's Why It Matters

Laura Tillman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Laura Tillman

Ibtihaj Muhammadshe is pursuing the goal both as an athlete who loves her sport and as a Muslim woman showing the world that a woman in hijab belongs anywhere -- including the Olympics.

Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears: Boys Will Be Boys v. Girls Gone Bad

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Nancy Doyle Palmer

I was walking the dogs with my friend Kerry, and out of the blue she says, "How come Lindsay Lohan and Britney are drunken bimbos but with Charlie Sheen it's boys will be boys?"