If you follow me on Twitter, you will have noticed that I have posted links over the past 2 days with the hashtag womenslives and probably wondered what that was all about. Just a head’s up, you will be seeing much more of this hashtag both on my Twitter feed and my blog in the coming months.
Therefore when She Knows Media and Public Radio International (PRI) asked me to be part of a ground-breaking journalism project called Across Women’s Lives, you bet I jumped at the chance. So over the coming months, I will be sharing the fantastic articles appearing on PRI as well as blogging about the various subject matters raised when I feel I have something worthwhile to add to the conversation. I was disappointed, but not surprised, to read the statistic that only 24% of news stories are about women. You only need to open up a newspaper or magazine to see that when women are mentioned it is usually about what a female celebrity wore at a film premier or what her new diet and fitness regime is.
If we want gender equality, we need to fight for it on many fronts, one of them being having a more balanced coverage in our newspapers and magazines of women’s accomplishments, struggles and the reality of their daily lives. I hope that you will share the articles that move and inspire you with your friends either on social media or through your own blogs. We have a chance to change how women are represented in the media, but this will only happen if we make it happen. Otherwise The Powers That Be will be content focusing only on our bodies and not on our minds.