I love Evanston and Illinois. I tweet at @EvanstonLive about things Evanstonians might or should care about. When 140 characters isn't enough, I post here and feature posts by guest bloggers from the community.
Kemone's Sister (from the Evanston ArtSkills 2000 project)
I've been paying attention to women's and girl's representation in the media for a long time, well before I help found PICTURE THIS Projects in the early 1990s with other women photographers who understood the value
of girls and women creating their own images, images about themselves and how they see the world.
One way we can participate
in changing what is considered acceptable portrayals of women is for women to share their
own perspectives more directly.
For women wanting to share, to amplify their voices to help others better understand what they know to be true, but need some guidance,
there's The OpEd Project.
encouraging the voices of women and girls in various ways, such as going to see Julia Sweeney at SPACE last weekend. (She did a version of The Talk which killed.) I'm also
active in the Association for Women Journalists-Chicago. More than 10 years ago I founded its
listserv, which encourages sharing and camaraderie between more than 700 women in
journalism. Now immediate past president, after six years on its board, besides serving on its membership committee, I'm doing my part to help with continuing education of women journalists and development of a new outlet for women's media work via AWJ-TV.
Watch me now. I'm saying this out loud: I aim to create (or help create) a platform (a show of some kind, perhaps) that will reveal the stories behind scenes in the worlds of journalism and media. It's going slow. Any conversations you want to have with me, any advice you have to offer, will be well-received.
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.”~ Alice Walker