Making #womensvoicesmatter

If you’re following along at home, you’ll know I really care about making women’s voices matter more, in Harrisburg, in Philly City Council, and in Washington. Since writing this post a couple of weeks ago, I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback from women who are as frustrated as I am about our lack of representation in the political sphere–both in the media, and in elected office.

In the last year, I’ve been spending time at a co-working space in Philly called Indy Hall, a place whose working philosophy could be summed up as #jfdi. And I got to thinking–in an age where anyone can be a publisher, I don’t need to wait to get the mainstream media to take action–we can prove that we’ve got something to say without waiting to be asked.

Reporter friends, this does not take you off the hook of needing to add more women’s voices to your political analysis stories–but maybe it will help you find some new sources that you never knew about.  Women reporter friends–you should definitely feel free to participate–the opining shouldn’t just be left to us activists and electeds…

It doesn’t mean that I’m going to stop calling out a lack of women’s voices in the media–but I’m hoping to provide an outlet while we wait for equality of representation.

So welcome to the launch of #womensvoicesmatter.

It’s a pretty simple idea. Once a week, I’ll post a question on the site, and send it out via email to the smartest women I know. Any of them can choose whether to reply or not–and all of the replies that I get will be posted at the end of the week. It’s designed to be a non-partisan site–so I’ll post things there, regardless of whether I personally agree or not. It’s also designed to be a site for women’s voices, so men need not send answers. All responders should include a one-sentence bio.

A side note, on the platform, WithKnown. Last year, as I was poking around the interwebs looking for tech folks to talk to about the future of work, I met Ben Werdmuller. Ben and I got into a conversation specifically because he was wondering how he could be more inclusive toward women, as a developer. I’m happy to say that he found a female co-founder, Erin Jo Richey, and they are both great. When I got a beta invite, as I was mulling over launching a new site, it seemed like such a happy coincidence that it really was a no brainer to set this new project up with them.

If you want to sign up to get the question and the replies via email, do it here.  (Men, please sign up to get the email–we’d love for you to listen in!)  After this post, I’m going to stop spamming my personal friends, and just focus on emailing the #womensvoicesmatter list, so if you want to be involved, you really do need to sign up there. And if you know a smart woman who won’t stop talking about politics in PA? We need to hear from her, too.



*just fucking do it