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WIMN’s Voices: A Group Blog on Women, Media, AND…

Women In Media & News launched WIMN’s Voices: A Group Blog on Women, Media, AND…in March 2006. WIMN’s Voices features a diverse online community of approximately 50 women writers monitoring media coverage of current social, cultural and political issues from a progressive perspective.

Every day, these leading journalists, media analysts, scholars and activists analyze the pressing news of the day through the frame of “Women, Media, AND…” the wide range of topics listed below.

The WIMN’s Voices blog:

  • Creates more critical space for media monitoring and analysis by, for and about women and the issues that concern us
  • Illustrates that women are invested in all issues (not just abortion, rape and child care), and media have the responsibility to report as such
  • Propels our perspectives into the blogsphere at a time when corporate media are recognizing the power of blogs yet claiming women don’t exist in this new frontier
  • Answers the marginalization of women’s voices on the nation’s op-ed pages and in other print and broadcast news areas by positioning a diverse group of feminist intellectuals as opinion-leaders, sources and pundits for mainstream and alternative media
  • Additionally, we hope that the tremendous range of perspectives represented within WIMN’s Voices will serve as a model for the media itself - especially the independent press, which critiques the underrepresentation of female writers and journalists of color in corporate outlets, yet all too often replicates that marginalization within their own publications.

    Of the writers participating in WIMN’s Voices:

  • Approximately 45% of bloggers are women of color
  • Bloggers’ ages range from 19 to 64
  • Bloggers are straight, lesbian, bisexual and transgender
  • Bloggers’ religious affiliations include Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Quaker, Unitarian, atheist and agnostic
  • Bloggers self-identify their economic status as ranging from struggling to working class to middle to upper middle class
  • Together, our bloggers are a dynamic mix of seasoned, widely respected journalists and activists whose books you may have read and whose commentary you may have seen in documentaries and news debate shows, as well as emerging young writers for whom this platform provides a new and needed audience. Collectively, WIMN’s Voices bloggers prove that there is no shortage of articulate, provocative, intellectually challenging women out there who could and should be represented as contributors and sources for corporate and independent media alike.

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    WIMN’s Voices Bloggers On “Women, Media, AND…”
    (Click on contributors’ names for full profiles and more information on their “AND” category)

    1. Kat Aaron: economics
      Producer, Pacifica Radio WBAI’s “Wake Up Call” and “Rise Up Radio”; teacher, Radio Rootz youth training program
    2. Celia Alario: political dissent
      Media strategist and consultant, PR for People and the Planet
    3. Robin Andersen: commercialism
      Director, Peace and Justice Studies at Fordham University; author, War and Media: Censorship, Propaganda and Myth in the Information Age and Consumer Culture and TV Programming
    4. Veronica I. Arreola: parenthood and family
      Board member, Chicago Abortion Fund; Board member, Women In Media & News; blogger, Chicago Parent magazine, Chicago Moms Blog and several personal blogs
    5. Samiya Bashir: LGBTQ community
      Communications Director, Freedom to Marry; board member, National Black Justice Coalition; founding organizer and board member, Fire & Ink: A Writer’s Festival for GLBT People of African Descent; author, Where the Apple Falls: Poems; Wearing Shorts on the First Day of Spring; American Visa; editor, Best Black Women’s Erotica 2; co-editor, Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art.
    6. Medea Benjamin: war
      Founding director, Global Exchange; co-founder, Code Pink: Women for Peace; organizer, United for Peace and Justice coalition
    7. Frida Berrigan: arms/conflict
      Senior research associate, Arms Trade Resource Center; board member, War Resisters League
    8. Heather Boushey: economics
      Senior economist, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR); research affiliate, National Poverty Center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; editorial review board member, WorkingUSA and the Journal of Poverty
    9. Jennifer Finney Boylan: transgender issues
      English professor and director of creative writing, Colby College; author of She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders
    10. Kara Briggs: Native America
      Investigative reporter, The Oregonian; health care columnist, Indian Country Today
    11. Adrienne Maree Brown: political dissent and protest
      Executive Director, Ruckus Society; Adisor, Wiretapmag.org, Allied Media Conference, Liberty Tree; co-founder, League of Young/Pissed Off Voters; co-editor, How To Get Stupid White Men Out Of Office.
    12. Carolyn Byerly: international media activism
      Author of the upcoming Women and Media: A Critical Introduction and “Gender and the Political Economy of Newsmaking” in Sex and Money: Intersections of Feminism and Political Economy of Media; co-author, Media: International Perspectives
    13. Lakshmi Chaudhry: pop culture
      Senior editor, In These Times; co-author, The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq; co-editor, Start Making Sense: Turning the Lessons of Election 2004 into Winning Progressive Politics
    14. Joanna Chiu: Asian American community
      Columnist, Herizons; freelancer for The Nation, AlterNet, RH Reality Check, The UTNE Reader, The Georgia Straight, and rabble.ca; soon-t-be reporter for Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post
    15. Kimberle Crenshaw: legal & political affairs
      Professor of law, UCLA and Columbia; co-founder, African American Policy Forum; ACLU Racial Justice Fellow
    16. DeAnne Cuellar: technology and communication
      Director, Texas Media Empowerment Project; Leadership team, MAG-Net, the Media Action Grassroots Network
    17. Christine Cupaiuolo: politics
      Freelance writer and editor; founder and editor, PopPolitics.com
    18. Malkia Cyril: social justice
      Director, Youth Media Council; co-founder, Media Justice Network
    19. Echidne of the Snakes: electoral politics
      Economist and noted feminist political blogger
    20. Diane Farsetta: public relations
      Senior researcher, Center for Media and Democracy; co-host, “A Public Affair,” Madison community radio WORT 89.9 FM; founding member, Madison Women for Peace
    21. Gloria Feldt: reproductive rights
      Author, The War on Choice: The Right-Wing Attack on Women’s Rights and How to Fight Back and Behind Every Choice Is a Story; former president and CEO, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
    22. Deepa Fernandes: immigration
      Host, Pacifica Radio WBAI’s “Wake Up Call”; founder, Radio Rootz youth training program
    23. Laura Flanders: issues in the news
      Host, “The Laura Flanders Show,” Air America Radio; author, BushWomen: Tales of a Cynical Species; author, Real Majority, Media Minotiry: The Cost of Sidelining Women in Reporting; editor, The W Effect: Sexual Politics in the Age of Bush
    24. Jaclyn Friedman: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender issues
      Program director, Center for New Words; co-founder and co-chair, CNW’s “WAM!: Women, Action and Media” annual conference
    25. Seeta Peña Gangadharan: technology
      Co-founder, Center for International Media Action; co-founder, WireTap online syndication service
    26. Michelle Garcia: immigration
      Producer, Independent Sources, CUNY TV; visiting instructor, CUNY Graduate School for Journalism; freelance journalist for Washington Post, The Nation, Sojourners and other outlets
    27. Nell Geiser: youth activism
      Member, Free Radio Youth collective, producer of Pacifica Radio WBAI’s “Rise Up Radio”; co-director, WKCR News Department
    28. Barbara Renaud Gonzalez: Latina/o community
      Contributing commentator, NPR’s Morning Edition and LatinoUSA; freelance journalist for The Nation, Ms., The Progressive, the Los Angeles Times and others
    29. EJ Graff: wages and workplace discrimination
      Author of What Is Marriage For? The Strange Social History of Our Most Intimate Institution; collaborator on Getting Even: Why Women Don’t Get Paid Like Men - and What To Do About It
    30. Margaret Gullette: women and aging
      Author, Aged By Culture and Declining to Decline: Cultural Combat and the Politics of Midlife
    31. Suzan Shown Harjo: Native America
      President, The Morning Star Institute; columnist, Indian Country Today
    32. Robin Herman: sports
      Press spokesman and director of communications, Harvard School of Public Health; editor, girlinthelockerroom.com
    33. Naomi Ishisaka: human rights and civil liberties
      Editor-in-chief and designer, ColorsNW magazine
    34. Patricia Jerido: pop culture
      Executive Director, GoLeft.org
    35. Mary Johnson: disability issues
      Editor, The Ragged Edge Online magazine; author, Make Them Go Away: Clint Eastwood, Christopher Reeve and The Case Against Disability Rights
    36. Ammu Joseph: international media activism
      Author, Women in Journalism: Making News; Co-author, Whose News? The Media and Women’s Issues; Terror, Counter-Terror: Women Speak Out; Storylines: Conversations with Women Writers; and Just Between Us: Women Speak about their Writing; Founder-member and website co-editor, Network of Women in Media, India; Teacher, Convergence Institute of Media, Management & Information Technology, Bangalore
    37. Paula Kamen: women’s health and sexuality
      Author, All In My Head: An Epic Quest to Cure an Unrelenting, Totally Unreasonable, and Only Slightly Enlightening Headache; Her Way: Young Women Remake the Sexual Revolution; and Feminist Fatale: Voices from the ‘Twentysomething’ Generation Explore the Future of the ‘Women’s Movement
    38. Jean Kilbourne: advertising
      Filmmaker, Killing Us Softly (1-3): Advertising’s Image of Women; Deadly Persuasion: The Advertising of Alcohol and Tobacco; Slim Hopes: Advertising and the Obsession with Thinness; and The Killing Screens: Media and the Culture of Violence; author, Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel
    39. Sonali Kolhatkar: foreign policy
      Host, Pacifica Radio KPFK’s “Uprising”; founder, Afghan Women’s Mission
    40. Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn: African American women in entertainment media
      Freelance entertainment journalist; regular contributor, Blackvoices.com, The Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, Essense and Emmy magazines
    41. Stephanie Mackley: independent video production
      Documentary film producer, Promises Films; freelance video producer for social and environmental justice organizations
    42. Lucinda Marshall: violence against women
      Independent artist and writer; founder, Feminist Peace Network
    43. Courtney Martin: body image
      Journalist and filmmaker; author, Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: The Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body
    44. Melissa McEwen: miscategorized news
      Founder and editor, Shakesville group blog; founding member, Big Brass Blog
    45. Shireen Mitchell: technology and communication
      Founder and Executive Director, Digital Sisters/Sistas, Inc; President, Community Technology Centers’ Network (CTCNet); Media and Technology Taskforce Chair, National Council of Women’s Organizations
    46. Anne Elizabeth Moore: consumer culture
      Publisher, Punk Planet magazine; author, Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity; author, Hey Kidz, Buy This Book: A Radical Primer on Corporate and Governmental Propaganda and Artistic Activism for Short People
    47. Samhita Mukhopadhyay: media justice
      Training and Technology Coordinator, Youth Media Council; Blogger, Feministing.com
    48. Jill Nelson: outrages and responsibilities
      Columnist, NiaOnline; former op-ed page contributor, USA Today; author, Volunteer Slavery: My Authentic Negro Experience; Straight, No Chaser: How I Became A Grown-Up Black Woman; Sexual Healing; and Finding Martha’s Vineyard: African Americans at Home on an Island; editor, Police Brutality: An Anthology
    49. Tram Nguyen: race
      Executive Editor, Colorlines; author, We Are All Suspects Now: Untold Stories from Immigrant America After 9/11; contributor, Asian Americans: The Movement and the Moment, The New Faces of Asian Pacific America: Numbers, Diversity and Change in the 21st Century, New Horizons: 25 Vietnamese Americans in 25 Years
    50. Makani Themba Nixon: race
      Executive director, The Praxis Project; author, Making Policy, Making Change; co-author, Talking the Walk: Communications Guide for Racial Justice and Media Advocacy and Public Health: Power for Prevention
    51. Rosemary Okello-Orlale: international media activism
      Executive Director, African Woman and Child Feature Service (Kenya)
    52. Gwendolyn Pough: hip hop culture
      Associate Professor, Women’s Studies, Writing and Rhetoric, Syracuse University; author, Check It While I Wreck It: Black Womanhood, Hip-Hop Culture, and the Public Sphere; fiction author (under pseudonym Gwyneth Bolton), I’m Gonna Make You Love Me and If Only You Knew
    53. Jennifer L. Pozner: executive director’s blog on women and the media
      Media critic, lecturer, and founder and executive director, Women In Media & News; contributing essayist, Catching A Wave: Reclaiming Feminism for the 21st Century; What We Do Now; The W Effect: Sexual Politics in the Bush Years and Beyond; Uncovering the Right on Campus
    54. Mikhaela Reid: cartoons
      Political cartoonist for the Boston Phoenix, In These Times and The Funny Times; contributor, Attitude 2: The New Subversive Alternative Cartoonists
    55. Caryl Rivers: American culture
      Journalism professor, Boston University; author, Slick Spins and Fractured Facts: How Cultural Myths Distort the News; co-author, She Works, He Works: How Two Income Families are Happy, Healthy and Thriving
    56. Loretta Ross: reproductive justice
      National coordinator, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective; founder, National Center for Human Rights Education; co-author, Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organizing for Reproductive Justice
    57. Keely Savoie: science
      Freelance writer and contributor to Choice!, Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, InTheFray and Today’s Chemist at Work; member, National Association of Science Writers, American Academy for the Advancement of Science, and National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals
    58. Susy Schultz: motherhood and family
      Editor Chicago Parent; founding president, Association for Women Journalists, Chicago
    59. Rinku Sen: race
      Publisher, Colorlines magazine; communications director, Applied Research Center; author, Stir It Up: Lessons in Community Organizing; board member, Center for Third World Organizing
    60. Jocelyn Sims: Asian Americans
      Business trade journalist; media studies graduate student, DePaul University
    61. Thenmozhi Soundararajan: media justice now
      Executive director, Third World Majority; co-founder, Media Justice Network; author, The Distance Between You and Me Is the Empire
    62. Miranda Spencer: environment
      Freelance environmental journalist; associate member, Society of Environmental Journalists
    63. Maia Szalavitz: drugs
      Senior fellow, STATS (Statistical Assessment Service); author, Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids
    64. Silja J.A. Talvi: criminal justice and prisons
      Senior editor, In These Times; independent journalist and essayist
    65. Maria Suarez Toro: international media
      Co-director, FIRE: Feminist International Radio Endeavor; author, Women’s Adult Literacy Book and Guin - Children of the War in El Salvador; co-author, Se Vende Lindo Pais (For Sale Lovely Country) and Towards a Methodology for the Popularization of Women’s Human Rights
    66. Karen Toering: policy reform and media justice
      Co-director, Reclaim the Media
    67. Jessica Valenti: the blogosphere
      Founder and executive editor, Feministing.com; blogger, BushvChoice.com
    68. Betty Yu: media justice
      Director of Community Outreach & Media, Manhattan Neighborhood Network; Leadership team, MAG-Net, the Media Action Grassroots Network
    69. Andi Zeisler: feminism
      Co-founder and editorial/creative director, Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture
    70. Helen Zia, Asian Americans
      Author, Asian-American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People; co-author of My Country Versus Me