In this episode, Gloria welcomes to the show reporter and founding editor of Global Nation, Angilee Shah, and journalist and entrepreneur, Emily Gertz. Angilee and Emily discuss the 50 Women Can Change the World in Journalism initiative, as well as the Women Do News campaign. Both are aimed at raising the visibility of women journalists and shining a light on the great work women do. Gloria provides three helpful tips that listeners can take away from this episode as well as ways for women (and men) to get involved in these initiatives.
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- If you would like to participate in Women Do News, please sign up to the Women Do News Wikipedia Edit-a-thon mailing list to receive more information and instructions. No experience with editing directly on Wikipedia is necessary.
- Women Do News has a Twitter list! If you want to be a part of it, please REPLY to this thread with your Twitter handle https://twitter.com/JareenAI/lists/womendonews
- Women Do News is a volunteer effort,led by experienced and ambitious journalists from our 50 Women in Journalism cohort. Emily Gertz (@ejgertz) has led this effort on the Wikipedia side. Among the planning committee are: Jareen Imam (@JareenAI) and Jeanette Woods (@Jea_Woods), who brought great ideas and told the world about what we’re up to. Katharine Rowlands (@News_Kat) was the originator of this idea, and so much of what we are doing is based on her vision. Angilee Shah (@angshah) has taken the lead in building the community and keeping everyone informed and with the information and spreadsheets needed to get the work done.
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No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, by Gloria Feldt
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Quotes / Tweetables
“When you search in Google for somebody’s name, that little box that comes up if they’re a notable person comes from Wikipedia. And so, we want that information to be good. We want it to reflect the seriousness and the importance of the work that women journalists do.”
— Angilee Shah
“One of the things I learned over the course of discussing this idea with other women in the cohort was that in some places this [Wikipedia] is one of the maybe two, three, or four websites that people can access.”
— Emily Gertz
“The issue in Wikipedia is that only about eighteen percent of the biographical information overall on the site is about women.”
— Emily Gertz
“I’m hoping that part of the effect of this Edit-a-thon is going to be creating more of an atmosphere that, as people understand women contribute to journalism and do important work as journalists, it will hopefully help move the needle a little bit in creating a safer world, a safer working situation for women journalists as well.”
— Emily Gertz
GLORIA FELDT is the New York Times bestselling author of several books including No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, a sought-after speaker and frequent contributor to major news outlets, and the Co-Founder and President of Take The Lead. People has called her “the voice of experience,” and among the many honors she has been given, Vanity Fair called her one of America’s “Top 200 Women Legends, Leaders, and Trailblazers,” and Glamour chose her as a “Woman of the Year.”
As co-founder and president of Take The Lead, a leading women’s leadership nonprofit, her mission is to achieve gender parity by 2025 through innovative training programs, workshops, a groundbreaking 50 Women Can Change The World immersive, online courses, a free weekly newsletter, and events including a monthly Virtual Happy Hour program and a Take The Lead Day symposium that reached over 400,000 women globally in 2017.