The InfluencHER Project is an editorial program and global community to empower and amplify female voices.
In the news, on social media, and at policymaking and decision-making tables around the world, women’s voices should be welcome and respected, and should effectively influence the conversation.
Internationally, only 24% of news subjects — people who are interviewed or whom the news is about — are women.
77% of quoted experts by the main UK news outlets are men. In major U.S. publications, white men contributed 82% of op-eds in the Wall Street Journal, 74% in the New York Times and 71% in the Washington Post, even though they compose just 32% of the population.
Women make up approximately 39% of newsroom employees and only 15-20% of the content editors on Wikipedia.
Women are more likely to get pushback when they do speak out, with 73%
of women abused online worldwide. Women are 27% more likely to be harassed than men.
There is a clear disconnect between female expertise and their sense of its value in public discourse. "One thing that’s been consistently true is that women don’t put their hands up as often as men," said New York Times columnist Gail Collins.
The InfluencHER Project is a diverse global community of women who are leaders in their respective fields, from health care and technology to entertainment and government. They have significant networks and represent a range of perspectives and lived experiences. As InfluencHERs, they have agreed to help share and expand the reach of worthy content created by women around the world.
The InfluencHER Project team identifies and collects content, including op-eds,
research studies, videos, and more, from both emerging female voices and
established leaders. Pieces that advance new thinking and are connected – directly or indirectly – to advancing gender equality are prioritized.
InfluencHER and community members worldwide receive content that has been vetted by our editorial advisors for newsworthiness, originality, and potential impact, and are encouraged to share that content with their networks, on social media, and beyond.