Woman’s Media Center

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I received this in my email.  I think it is so very important for women to become more active within their local community and abroad when it comes to issues that touch close to our homes and heart.  Please try to become more acquainted with the issues in your area and if possible overseas as well…make a difference in your life and others…

 December 2007Dear Women’s Media Center Supporter,The key to freedom for women all over the world? The means and ability to tell their stories. Please join the Women’s Media Center in ensuring that women and girls across the world share in the basic right to have their voices heard.

How powerful can stories be? Earlier this year, a Saudi woman was sentenced to 200 lashings and six months in prison after refusing to remain silent after being raped by a gang of men. Her first offense? She was seen in public with a man not her husband. But her true crime in the eyes of Saudi authorities was in telling her story to the media. The international uproar reminded the world that women who dare to speak out against injustice are at risk of being silenced—or worse.

The Women’s Media Center was founded to make women and girls visible and powerful: to tell those stories that will change laws and perceptions related to women and girls. With your help, we can create a truly democratic media that reflects and strengthens our society.

The work starts here at home, where women remain far from parity in any area of media—especially the political arena. That’s why this year we gathered nearly 40 women’s organizations under our MediaTrack2008:Women.Media.The Vote. project to discuss how we make sure women and their concerns are addressed by the candidates and the media next year.

In 2007 we provided media training to over 200 women and published links to some 8,000 stories they needed to know about—stories often buried because they were by and about women.

WMC is a unique information source, but we’re also advocates for women and girls in this crucial area—speaking out across the country for inclusion of women within the media, and against further media consolidation, which tends to exclude women and people of color.

Website:

http://www.womensmediacenter.com/

Women and the 2008 Election

The biggest crime is not to go out and vote.  I believe women can hold the trump card when it comes to the 2008 Presidential election.  According to Emily’s List:

“Women have set a high bar for what they are looking for in a President including someone with the background and experience to lead the country, a strong commander in chief, and an agent of change,” said Hesla. “They also want someone they respect and someone who can relate to their lives. Our current research shows that their choice was not based on gender but rather on a thoughtful and practical assessment of the qualifications, experience and strength of the candidates.”

It is apparent that women voters will have a significant influence on who the Democratic nominee will end up being.  According to some data I found, when it comes to the Democratic primaries:  women voters make up 54 percent to as high as 60 percent of likely voters. That is why it is sooooo important for you to get out there and voice your opinions….what you want in a candidate. I feel if you do not vote you have no right to complain.

 For more information regarding the complete study of women and the 2008 Presidential election see: EMILY’s List web site at www.emilyslist.org.

Websites:

http://www.generationengage.org/videoplayer/videos.php?clip_id=1&gclid=CKnFntag_Y8CFQeWHgodK3pyHwhttp://www.theleftcoaster.com/archives/cat_2008_election.phphttp://www.pekingduck.org/archives/004748.phphttp://politicsanew.com/2007/11/06/in-one-year-presidential-election-2008/http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=U.S._presidential_election%2C_2008http://www.emilyslist.org/newsroom/wv_report.html