2016 was a hard year, but it wasn’t all doom and gloom. Women achieved some historic triumphs this year: Hillary Clinton built on Shirley Chisholm’s legacy to become the first woman major party presidential candidate; the United States quadrupled the number of women of color in the Senate; Harriet Tubman moved Andrew Jackson off the $20 bill; Beyonce made waves with her Lemonade album; Marvel hired WAM!mer Roxanne Gay as a lead writer; and Rogue One put a female hero front-and-center of the Star Wars franchise.
This year, WAM! also made strides, thanks to your support!
In 2016 we:
- Put out a call to action against the President-elect’s decision to name former Breitbart head honcho Steve Bannon as his Chief Strategist.
- Launched our Strategic Vision for the future of gender justice in the media.
- Spoke about revolutionizing gender norms in the media at The White House’s United State of Women Summit.
- Partnered with Hollaback! on the #MOMENTOFTRUTH Campaign to collect and share stories from people who witnessed a rise in hate in the media, and in their own lives post-election.
- Joined Twitter’s Trust and Safety council to provide feedback on their safety policies, practices, and programs.
- Called on Facebook (in partnership with a coalition of over 40 civil rights and consumer advocacy groups) to clarify its position on working with law enforcement to censor data and video, and explain why Facebook shut down Korryn Gaines’ account.
- Traveled to South Africa to take part in the Movement Maker international learning exchange with NoVo Foundation’s Move to End Violence initiative.
- Engaged in a media partnership, online campaign, and screening series with Audrie & Daisy, a woman-helmed documentary about sexual assault in high schools and middle schools.
- Partnered with Barbara Lee Family Foundation on their “Decode Likability” webinar and Twitter chat. WAM! moderated a conversation about gender, elections, and likability.
- Joined SheKnows Media to discuss WAM!ming, women and advertising at Advertising Week with Ms. Foundation for Women, #womennotobjects, and Anheuser-Busch. We engaged brand execs and ad-industry leaders in a conversation about equality, the pay gap, and the need for infrastructural level change in next-generation advertising.
- Supported events organized by and for our local chapters and their communities including WAM! NYC’s Gender Justice in Media Under Trump event with Black Women’s Blueprint, and WAM! LA’s Avoiding Burnout in a Mobile-Connected World with ONA-LA.
- Signed on to Congresswoman Katherine Clark’s cybercrime training proposal giving law enforcement tools to help victims of online abuse.
- Opposed H.R. 2666-No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act in partnership with our coalition.
- Called for an Equal Rights Amendment in a video series with WAM!mer Jennifer Pozner, Gloria Steinem, Ai-jen Poo, Legal Momentum, & the ERA Coalition. WAM!NYC’s Martyna Starosta was one of the cinematographers.
- Were featured in The Guardian’s #webwewant series on online abuse. We uplifted the urgent need for intersectional data and systemic, cultural, and infrastructural-level change in the media and Silicon Valley.
- Moderated a conversation about women in the media and online harassment with State Senator Wendy Davis, WAM!mer Soraya Chemaly, and Smart Girls at the Party’s Meredith Walker at SXSW’s first-ever online harassment summit in March. The Austin American-Statesman captured our stories about the impact of online abuse. Soon after, President Obama name-checked the Summit and said “the internet is a public space where women deserve to live safely and without fear.”
- Joined the campaign to #FreeAnna after Bahrain detained and then freed four American journalists including WAM!mer Anna Therese Day.
And more. Tomorrow, a new year begins and we’ll keep WAM!ming in 2017. We hope to see you at our upcoming events, and look forward to building a more just media together. Thanks to your help we garnered some big wins and deepened our impact—but we have more work to do. Donate now to make a tax-deductible gift.