Women hold up half the world but who is speaking on our behalf in the media? Who are the voices we often hear? Who are the storytellers and what are the stories being told that represent the good work women are doing in mainstream media?
- Of the top 100 radio programs, only 15 are hosted by women, Heavy Hundred, Talkers Magazine, 2007.
- In newspapers, 38 percent of journalists working in daily newspapers are women. American Society of Newspaper Editors, 2006 census.
- In 2006, only 28% of all U.S. broadcast network (ABC, CBS, NBC) evening newscast stories were reported by women. (Center for Media and Public Affairs, 2007).
According to recent studies more women than men watch television. Yet, while I Channel surf and roam the radio dial, the voices of strong women are often absent, with several exceptions.
Celebrating thirteen years on the air and broadcasting on over 750 stations, Democracy Now producer and host, Amy Goodman has transformed the power of independent media and opened new doors for women in the media. Democracy Now is an award winning news program that provides perspectives often overlooked by mainstream media.
To succeed in a field that is generally dominated by men, Amy is truly an inspiration to all of us at See Jane Do. Amy and the Democracy Now team encourage all of us to get involved in media and to demand that women's voices not be left out.
During my interview with Amy she discussed why it's so important for ordinary people to stand up and change the world, why women need to be involved in the media and how media can be the greatest force for peace on earth?
Get inspired and informed in 15 minutes by clicking here to listen to the interview with Amy Goodman.
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