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The President Should Nominate a Woman to be Chair of the Federal Communications Commission
  • Petitioned Tina Tchen

This petition was delivered to:

Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls
Tina Tchen
Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee
Jay Rockefeller
President of the United States

The President Should Nominate a Woman to be Chair of the Federal Communications Commission

    1. Petition by

      Women's Media Center

President Obama has the chance to democratize the media with one key appointment in the next few weeks. The President is about to nominate the next Chair of the Federal Communications Commission, and he should pick a woman. Maybe there is no easy fix to getting women into the top jobs in the telecom and media industries, but the government watchdog can and should be headed by a woman.

There has never been a female chair of the Federal Communications Commission – the independent agency that oversees America’s telecommunications and media policy.

The FCC is supposed to represent the American public. Half the public are women. It’s long past the time to close the gender gap in our nation’s leadership and in the media and telecom industries' leadership, where only 28.4% of TV news directors were women in 2011, according to the Women's Media Center's 2012 Status of Women in the U.S. Media Report. And the post atop the FCC is one of the most important opportunities available to raise the bar for representational diversity and decision-making in the media and telecom sectors, which are the infrastructure of this generation and of the future.


Signed,

Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem

Founders, The Women's Media Center

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. WMC to President Obama: Nominate a Woman to Replace Outgoing FCC Chair

      Over two dozen prominent women's rights organizations and leaders signed a letter that was delivered today to the White House from the Women's Media Center, calling on the President to appoint the first female FCC Chair in the agency's eighty-year history.

      President Obama: Nominate a Woman to Replace Outgoing FCC Chair

      President Obama: Nominate a Woman to Replace Outgoing FCC Chair March 21, 2013 Over two dozen prominent women's rights organizations and leaders signed a letter that was delivered today to the White House from the Women's Media Center, calling on the President to appoint the first female FCC Chair in the agency's eighty-year history.

    3. Reached 1,500 signatures
    4. CNN.com Prints Op-Ed by WMC Founders: 'Obama, Put a Woman in Charge of FCC'

      Obama, put a woman in charge of FCC

      (CNN) -- First, the good news. News organizations -- including CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post and Bloomberg -- are asking: Where are the women? They've noticed that President Obama's nominees for his national security team and Cabinet, including Secretary of State, Defense, Treasury, and Director of the CIA, have excluded the talent of potential female appointees.

    5. Think Progress Covers Women's Media Center's FCC Petition

      Women's Group Pressures Obama To Make Female Appointments In Second Term

      As President Obama slowly releases his appointments for his second term, a trend is forming. The people nominated so far include Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary, John Kerry for Secretary of State, John Brennan for CIA Director and, just today, the press got word that Jack Lew is the choice for Treasury Secretary.

    6. Free Press Blogs about Women's Media Center's FCC Petition

      Why a Woman Should Lead the FCC | Free Press

      The Federal Communications Commission has been around since 1934. And not once has a woman served as chair. President Obama may soon need to appoint a new chair to succeed Julius Genachowski, who is expected to step down. The Women's Media Center

    7. Reached 1,000 signatures

    Supporters

    @msfoundation

    Mar 23, 2013

    Every @FCC chair in history has been a man. Make number 29 a woman. Our letter http://t.co/yqZ2sgP7UV Add your voice: http://t.co/MS36Y4uR0U

    Ms.FoundationWomen
    15.3k followers

    @freepress

    Mar 22, 2013

    President Obama: Nominate a Woman to Replace Outgoing FCC Chair: http://t.co/OzU0Zf0peQ via @womensmediacntr

    Free Press
    30k followers

    @TheBonnieRaitt

    Jan 08, 2013

    fr BRHQ- Sign @womensmediacntr's petition: Nominate a woman as @FCC Chair. After 80 years, it's time, dontcha think?! http://t.co/vIL50LN4

    Bonnie Raitt
    10.3k followers

    @GloriaSteinem

    Jan 08, 2013

    Make American media look more like America—push for first female @FCC chair! @womensmediacntr petition: http://t.co/BNtttMyG

    Gloria Steinem
    46.2k followers

    @Janefonda

    Jan 08, 2013

    Help American media look more like America-Nominate a woman as @FCC chair! Sign the @womensmediacntr petition: … http://t.co/Yt6Mid5g

    Jane Seymour Fonda
    511k followers

    @TheRobinMorgan

    Jan 05, 2013

    Sign @womensmediacntr petition: President:Nominate a Woman as Chair of the Federal Communications Commission! http://t.co/tBA34GD0 @Change

    Robin Morgan
    1.94k followers

    Reasons for signing

    • J. Kaye TORONTO, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      Women deserve to be at the top. The President knows it.

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    • Florence Mafomemeh BROOKLYN, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      Because I am frustrated at the way things are at the FCC. I want to see change. So far, men have failed. I think a woman who would have the public's interest at heart would yield good results.

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    • William Carter SCOTTSVILLE, KY
      • about 1 year ago

      Sexism belittles all humanity.

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    • Carol Wilson OLYMPIA, WA
      • about 1 year ago

      The media should not be monopolized by right wing propagandists.

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    • Dale Freeman AUBURN, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      #Diversity

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