Turning Up the Volume on Women’s Voices with The 2014 Women’s Media Awards

Nov 5, 2014 at 2:22 pm |
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The Women’s Media Center held it’s 2014 Women’s Media Awards on October 29 at Capitale in New York City. The influential event was hosted by Joy Reid, from MSNBC’s The Reid Report, and this year’s honorees included Amma Asante, Ursula Burns, Katie Couric and Barbara Walters.

Founded in 2005 by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem, the Women’s Media Center’s mission is to help give women visibility and power within the media. The WMC is engaged with the media at every level to help work towards diversifying and increasing the number of women present in newsrooms, on air, in print, online, in the entertainment industry, and in theater–and featuring them as sources and subjects, in bylines and credits, and in the field or in the office. This will ensure that women’s realities are being covered, and their voices are being heard.

Powerful feminist voice and show host on NPR Robin Morgan says:

“63% of Media is controlled by men, largely by pale male and we are talking of all types of media (online, radio, television, broadcast, print) and only 36% is women and yet we are 51% of the population. What’s wrong with that picture?”

Women are pushed to the side and are not taken into consideration in the areas of politics, justice, technology and economics. Instead, they are pigeonholed into covering lifestyle news or health. Why is that?

Honoree Katie Couric expressed her sentiments on the power of self-identifying as a feminist:

“I hope that young women everywhere feel proud to call themselves feminists. It’s a social, political and economic equality of the sexes. It doesn’t mean you don’t like men, it doesn’t mean you are a crazy radical person. It just means that you believe that men and women should be afforded the same opportunities and how can you really argue with that?”

It’s such an impactful message for all women to hear, but especially younger generations, the future of tomorrow, that have the strong capability to make a big difference. We need to raise our voices together to to be heard in all areas on TV, radio, film, and theatre–and eventually come to an even 50/50 control of media.

Pat Mitchell, Katie Couric, and Gloria Steinem pose onstage at the 2014 Women's Media Awards at Capitale

Pat Mitchell, Katie Couric, and Gloria Steinem pose onstage at the 2014 Women’s Media Awards in NYC. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for The Women’s Media Center)

The honorees this year were all exceptional women that represent the ideals of feminism in varying ways. The president of The Women’s Media Center, Julie Burton, said “We are proud to honor these amazing women who set the standard for what media should look like when it gives voice to the female half of the country”

The 2014 Women’s Media Awards honored:

  • Amma Asante, BAFTA Award-winning writer/director of A Way of Life and director of Belle, with the Women’s Media Center Directorial Excellence for Belle Award, presented by Robin Morgan, Women’s Media Center Co-Founder.
  • Ursula M. Burns, chairman and chief executive officer, Xerox Corporation, with the Women’s Media Center Carol Jenkins Visible and Powerful Media Award, presented by Carol Jenkins, founding and former President of the Women’s Media Center.
  • Katie Couric, global news anchor for Yahoo News, with the Women’s Media Center Pat Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Pat Mitchell, Women’s Media Center Board Chair Emerita.
  • Barbara Walters, creator & executive producer of “The View,” and ABC News special correspondent, with the Women’s Media Center Trailblazing Media Award, presented by Gloria Steinem, Women’s Media Center Co-Founder.
  • Elianne Ramos, CEO of Speak Hispanic Communications and founder of the Border Kids Relief Project, with the Women’s Media Center Social Media Award, presented by Lauren Embrey, Board Chair of The Women’s Media Center.
Honoree Amma Asante (L) and the Womens Media Center co-founder Robin Morgan pose onstage at the 2014 Women's Media Awards in NYC.

Honoree Amma Asante (L) and the Womens Media Center co-founder Robin Morgan pose onstage at the 2014 Women’s Media Awards in NYC.

Celebrities and VIPs attending the annual event included many of the most accomplished and influential women and men in the world of media today, like Marlo Thomas, four-time Emmy-winning actress, producer and activist; Phil Donahue, nine-time Emmy-winning talk show host, writer, and producer; Julie Burton, president of the Women’s Media Center and Pat Mitchell, president & CEO of The Paley Center for Media, Women’s Media Center Board chair emerita, former Women’s Media Award honoree, and co-chair of the Women’s Media Awards.

We had the honor that night of interviewing women that are considered worldwide role models. It was such an inspiration hearing their life’s stories and discovering how it was they arrived at the apex of their careers, as well as what challenges they had to overcome to get there. It was an emotional night, full of empowering messages delivered by the women whose paths we need to follow.

Don’t forget to check out our exclusive interview with Robin Morgan where she talks about diversity and inclusion within the media: A Remedy for the Stale Pale Male in Media

For more information about the Women’s Media Center go to: http://www.womensmediacenter.com/.

For more information about WMC Live with Robin Morgan go to http://www.wmclive.com/

TV Personality Carole Jenkins (L) and Honoree Ursula M. Burns pose at the 2014 Women's Media Awards in NYC

Past Women’s Media Center President Carol Jenkins (L) and Honoree Ursula M. Burns pose at the 2014 Women’s Media Awards in NYC. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for The Women’s Media Center)

Honoree Katie Couric (L) and The Paley Center for Media President and CEO Pat Mitchell pose onstage at the 2014 Women's Media Awards in NYC

Honoree Katie Couric (L) and The Paley Center for Media President and CEO Pat Mitchell pose onstage at the 2014 Women’s Media Awards in NYC. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for The Women’s Media Center)

The Womens Media Center co-founder Gloria Steinem (L) and Honoree Barbara Walters attend the 2014 Women's Media Awards in NYC

The Womens Media Center co-founder Gloria Steinem (L) and Honoree Barbara Walters attend the 2014 Women’s Media Awards in NYC. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for The Women’s Media Center)

Elianne Ramos poses with her award at the 2014 Women's Media Awards in NYC

Elianne Ramos poses with her award at the 2014 Women’s Media Awards in NYC. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for The Women’s Media Center)

Did you know that while women make up 51% of the population, they only have a 36% presence within the media? The Women’s Media Center addressed this issue and many others during its 2014 Women’s Media Awards in New York City. Find out more about the evening!