War on Women

You might remember that lovely time known as Election 2012. What did we hear in the media? Politicians talking about “legitimate rape,” Rush Limbaugh attacking women who use birth control — and fights about whether women should ... umm ... maybe get paid the same as a dude doing the same job.

Most women I know were left wondering how we ended up living in an episode of Mad Men.

This is why I’m speaking at the National Conference for Media Reform — a place where we can turn the system on its head.

And we have nowhere to go but up. Consider a study of election-year coverage from the nonpartisan group 4th Estate. During the six-month period studied, 81 percent of the quotes about abortion in major media outlets came from men. Seventy-five percent of the quotes about birth control came from men. And no matter what issue was on the table, women’s voices accounted for a tiny fraction of the total on Sunday public affairs shows and in America’s top newspapers.

I can't wait to be in Denver at the National Conference for Media Reform to share some tragicomedy from the past election cycle and talk about ways women can build channels to speak for themselves. Together we can put women’s voices front and center.

Sign up and join me at the National Conference for Media Reform.

Hope to see you in Denver!


Ilyse Hogue is the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

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