Women's Media Center

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Amplifying Women's Voices. Changing the Conversation.

Started 2 petitions

Petitioning CBS, David Rhodes

Hire a woman to anchor CBS Evening News #HireHer

For most of television history, the anchors of the weekday evening network newscasts -- ABC, CBS, NBC -- have been men. In fact, only two women, Katie Couric and Diane Sawyer, have ever been solo anchors. Last week, CBS News announced that Couric’s replacement, Scott Pelley, is done as the ‘CBS Evening News’ anchor. It’s time for the network to close the gender gap in nightly news and choose a woman to be the next anchor.  Will you sign our petition asking CBS to hire one of the many competent women journalists to be the next full-time anchor of CBS Evening News? Journalism legends Barbara Walters, Connie Chung, and Carole Simpson have served as co-anchors on the weekday evening network news, and Maria Elena Salinas is the current co-anchor for Noticero Univision. However, men still dominate media across all platforms—television, newspapers, online and wires—with change coming only incrementally. Women are not equal partners in telling the story, nor are they equal partners in sourcing and interpreting what and who is important in the story. Right now, only 32% of CBS Nightly News’ anchors, field reporters, and correspondents are women. Research from the Women’s Media Center found that female anchored news shows hire more women for these positions than their male led counterparts. Judy Woodruff's NewsHour on PBS, which she co-anchored with Gwen Ifill prior to Ifill's death last year, leads evening news broadcasts in producing the work of female news correspondents.  There are many female journalists who have the experience and qualifications to excel in the job. Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell, and Elaine Quijano, for instance, already have a proven track record at CBS, and others, like Soledad O’Brien, Kelly O'Donnell, Dana Bash, Christiane Amanpour or Andrea Mitchell, could come from another network to fill the role. And that's just to name a few; we’re using the tag #HireHer on social media to showcase the many diverse women candidates CBS has to choose from.  It’s 2017, long past time to have at least one woman anchoring the weekday evening network news. Please sign and join us in asking CBS to hire a woman to replace Scott Pelley at CBS Evening News.    

Women's Media Center
6,704 supporters
Petitioning Bill Wolff

Tell MSNBC to suspend Ed Schultz for calling extremist host a "right-wing slut"

It's no secret that several of MSNBC's commentators and anchors have espoused some moderately sexist to severely misogynist views over the years. In 2008, we went after Chris Matthews' derogatory coverage of Hilary Clinton's presidential race, resulting in MSNBC's decision to demote him from the anchor chair of election coverage to become a strictly political commentator. One thing was clear: Matthews crossed the line too many times.  Then, that same year, David Shuster was suspended by the network for comments about Chelsea Clinton being "pimped out" by the Clinton campaign, using a prostitution metaphor.  Yet, the networks' "progressive" male anchors and commentators aren't learning their lessons. Just yesterday, Ed Schulz called incindiary right-wing talk show host Laura Ingraham, a "right-wing slut" and a "talk slut" on the air.  While conservative bloggers and watchdog organizations are highlighting Schultz's remark,  the Women's Media Center also calls on MSNBC to suspend Schultz for his comments, since they not only attack Ingraham, but all women. Ms. Ingraham is no friend to the Women's Media Center, but a sexist and misogynist attack based on her gender and not her political views or comments is harmful to women in media, politics, and beyond. Ingraham provides enough fodder for progressive criticism that such base attacks have no place in coverage. As a new generation of women enter media and politics, such comments dissuade women from exposing themselves to vile attacks, and perpetuate inequality in newsrooms and in congress. Join us in telling MSNBC that Schultz's comments are just as worthy of suspension as Shuster's, and to send a message to their on-air personalities that sexism is harmful and unacceptable!          

Women's Media Center
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