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Media By Women, For Women

Published on 3/21/2022 8:43:36 AM
By Sydnie Harrell, Office of Undergraduate Studies at Texas A&M University

Before the late 20th century, women involved in public relations, radio, television, journalism and other media were few in number. Those who took the risk to pursue a profession in media often faced criticism and received little to no recognition for their work.
 
Despite the triumphs they faced, women like Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman, Barbara Walters and Dorothy E. Brunson persevered and paved the way for women in media today. In celebration of Women’s History Month, here are 10 women involved in media encouraging the empowerment of other women.
 

Women in Podcasts

 

Farai Chideya

In her podcast “Our Body Politic,” journalist and author Farai Chideya talks about how women of color impact today’s political events. With years of experience in media equity and involvement in political reporting, Chideya discusses topics ranging from being Muslim in America to climate crisis and the criminal justice system.

Erin Ryan and Alyssa Mastromonaco
Political commentator Erin Ryan and former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco host “Hysteria,” a podcast where the two women break down political news and discuss cultural stories and trends affecting women. By featuring influential women in business, politics and media, the hosts examine policies, protests, human rights and more.

Sybil Amuti
In “The Great Girlfriends Show” podcast, entrepreneur and mom Sybil Amuti has conversations with other women about their everyday experiences and life stories. Amuti shares her business advice and tips on relatable topics like setting goals, leading with intention and navigating friendships.
 

Women in Written Media


Carolyn Danckaert
Carolyn Danckaert co-founded “A Mighty Girl,” the world’s largest online collection of books, toys, movies, and music devoted to inspiring and encouraging young girls. Resources on the site are dedicated to showcasing courageous and powerful roles girls can fulfill outside of the stereotypical roles shown in media.

Scarlett Curtis
By compiling personal stories from prominent women in her book “Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies,” activist and writer Scarlett Curtis organizes a variety of interpretations of feminism. The curation of essays includes contributions from actress Emma Watson and activist Alicia Garza, a founder of Black Lives Matter. All proceeds from the book go to “Girl Up,” an initiative intended to inspire girls to support girls.

Charlene Carruthers

In “Unapologetic,” author and activist Charlene Carruthers, who openly identifies as a black queer feminist, touches on the connection between social justice, LGBTQ+ rights and power. By reflecting on feminist movements and other historical events like the Haitian Revolution, Carruthers links leadership development with visions for activism to shed light on collective liberation.
 

Women in Social Media


Munroe Bergdorf
On her social media, activist Munroe Bergdorf not only posts about her transgender journey but also shares news related to major political events regarding the LGBTQ+ community, race relations and gender equality. Bergdorf also founded “Goddess,” a platform “celebrating women, intersex folks and nonbinary people,” through posts about body positivity, media representation and justice.

Adwoa Aboah
To provide mental health resources and a community for young women and girls, model Adwoa Aboah founded “Gurls Talk,” a nonprofit organization with a heavy social media presence, podcast and online blog. The organization gives women the chance to share their own stories about topics like mental health, representation and life skills.

Gloria Steinem
Feminist journalist Gloria Steinem, known for co-founding the National Women’s Political Caucus, Ms. Foundation for Women, the Free to Be Foundation and the Woman’s Media Center, helped further advance women’s involvement in media today. On her personal Instagram, Steinem shares her feminist work and information about current events while also providing resources for women.

To see more about these women, visit the Texas A&M Undergraduate Studies Instagram account. Additionally, students can visit the Texas A&M Women’s Resource Center to learn more about women’s issues and seek support.


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Media contact: Anna Transue, transuea@tamu.edu