11 Feb Can we change the conversation about women?
Recently I was asked to partner with Public Radio International (PRI) and SheKnows media in a groundbreaking 18-month-long initiative to change the conversation about women in the media. Along with other journalists, bloggers, and social media influencers, I’m committing to share important, newsworthy stories about women’s lives, from infancy to old age.
Why is this important?
As of today, only 24 percent of news content discusses women in any way, and only 6 percent highlights gender in/equality.
Public Radio International is working to change that, to shift the tide of information across every media channel — radio, television, online — and share stories that empower women and girls. By inspiring empathy and action for women around the world, we can improve the health and economic development of entire nations.
From earning equality and family leave in the U.S., to the right to education and medical care in developing nations, women are woefully underrepresented.
This is an experiment. What if instead of sharing the latest cat video or online quiz, we share a powerful news piece about Pakistani women marrying for love or safe websites for teenage girls? Instead of fawning over celebrities, what if we talked about equal pay in Hollywood? By turning our focus toward women, by listening and sharing their stories, can we change the balance?
I hope so. That’s why, in 2015, I’ll be sharing PRI stories, along with a few personal ones, with the hashtag #womenslives. I’m not getting paid to participate. I just believe in fair journalism.
If you want to join the movement, it’s easy. Look for stories about women that resonate with you and share them. Follow the #womenslives hashtag on social media and help PRI track the reach of this project.
Let’s see what happens…