Mission: Visible

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Resources for Finding Diverse Voices in the United States and Around the World

Women and people of color are invisible or underrepresented on TV, in the news, movies, history books, and at public events, and they’re largely erased from our telling of history.

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But there are a number of groups working to elevate women and diverse voices. This curated list is designed to make it easier for you to find and  include more women and diverse voices in your panels, events, journalism, storytelling, workplaces, and more, in order to add complexity to the discussion, tell truer stories and get the first draft of history right.

Any resources we should add? Let us know @BetterLifeLab or by email at betterlifelab@newamerica.org.

“The single story creates stereotypes. And the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

United States

Advertising

The 3 Percent Movement
A movement to create more inclusive creative cultures in advertising, where, until recently only 3 percent of creative directors were women.

Astronomy

Women in Astronomy
Database of women in astronomy and astrophysics maintained by the American Astronomical Society’s Committee on the Status of Women.

Disability

Disability Visibility Project
Online community dedicated to recording, amplifying, and sharing disability stories and culture.

Energy

Association of Women in Energy
Member organization designed to encourage and unite women working in the energy industry.

Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment
Nonpartisan member organization that provides policy neutral forums on energy and environmental issues

Women’s Energy Network
International organization of professional women who work in energy

Entertainment

Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film
Research reports include Boxed in 2016-17: Women On Screen and Behind the Scenes in Television.

Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
Researches gender representation in media and advocates for equal representation. “If she can see it, she can be it.”

Women and Hollywood
Organization that blogs, educates, advocates and agitates for greater gender diversity in Hollywood and the global film industry.

Women at Sundance
Supports women filmmakers through fellowships, education, networking, financing and research.

Experts

Channel Black
Offers media training for the next generation of black leaders.

Multicultural Marketing Resources
Curates list of diverse speakers for conferences and connects journalists to diverse experts.

NPR’s Source of the Week
NPR’s resource of diverse experts for journalists who share in NPR’s goal to make public radio look and sound like America.

The Root 100
Annual list of the 100 most influential African Americans between the ages of 25 to 45.

WomenAlsoKnowStuff
Database of more than 1,000 female scholars in politics, policy and government.

Women’s Media Center: She Source
An online database of more than 1,100 ethnically diverse, media-experienced women experts for journalists, bookers, producers and others.

Foreign Policy

Foreign Policy Interrupted
A “visibility platform,” newsletter and information clearinghouse for new voices in foreign policy.

Inclusive Security
More than 2,000 women peacemakers in the Women Waging Peace Network who aim to change who makes decisions about war and peace.

Women’s Foreign Policy Group
Membership group designed to promote women’s leadership in international affairs

History

The New Historia
Housed at NYU, the project aims to be the largest digital archive of women’s stories around the world and throughout history.

National Women’s History Project
Provides information, educational and promotional materials about the diverse and historic accomplishments of women.

Innovation

Innovation Women
Online speakers bureau for entrepreneurial and technical women.

International Security

Women in International Security
Member organization dedicated to advancing the leadership and professional development of women in international peace and security.

LGBTQ

Autostraddle
Online community for multiple generations of lesbian, bisexual and otherwise inclined ladies and their friends.

The Visibility Project
A national portrait and video collection of the Queer Asian American Women & Trans community.

Literary Arts

SheWrites and SheWritesPress
A community and publishing house for women writers.

VIDA Count
Vida, Women in Literary arts, tracks the gender and race of book reviewers, and books reviewed in 39 literary journals and well-respected periodicals.

Microbiology

Women in Microbiome Research
Database of women in microbiology, with links to other lists of women ecologists, evolutionary biologists, virologists and others, including Binders Full of Women in Science.

Music

Equalizer Project
Spotify, Music Publishers and MXM Music are working to balance the distribution of men and women among songwriters and producers where men are heavily overrepresented.

National Security

Women in Defense
Professional organization that supports the advancement and recognition of women in all aspects of national security.

Neuroscience

AnnesList
Highlights female systems neuroscientists.

BiasWatchNeuro
A group of neuroscientists that tracks the speaker composition of conferences in neuroscience, lists best practices, case studies and offers a BWN Rating based on the base rate of women in a particular field.

News Media

Emerging Leaders Institute
Fellowship program for diverse new and mid-level managers in news organizations across platforms organized by the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

BlogHer
Conference and community for women online content creators.

Journalism and Women Symposium
Professional organization that supports women in journalism.

MediaDiversity
List of “web journalism rock stars of color” gathered by journalists of the National Association of Black Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, UNITY: Journalists for Diversity, and other organizations.

Online and Print Newsroom Diversity Survey
Survey by the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

The Op Ed Project
“Whoever tells the story writes history” Through mentors and training,the project aims to develop and support diverse new writers to “increase the range of voices and quality of ideas we hear in the world.”

The Status of Women in the News Media
Annual report published by the Women’s Media Center of gender diversity across all media platforms and in areas including education, engineering and technology.

Women’s Leadership Accelerator and CNN Diversity Fellowship
Online News Organization’s fellowship programs focused on increasing diversity in digital journalism.

Online Harassment

HeartMob
A project of Hollaback,  a community of people working to end online harassment.

CrashOverride Network
Crisis helpline, advocacy group and resource center for people who are experiencing online abuse.

Speak Up Stay Safe(r)
A guide to protecting yourself from online harassment.

Women’s Media Center: Speech Project
Spotlights and documents online abuse and its effects on women’s rights, civic participation, and free speech.

Philosophy

Gendered Conference Campaign

The conference aims to spotlight the prevalence of all-male conferences, volumes and summer schools and the harm that they do perpetuating the stereotype of philosophy as male.

Photography

LeanIn Collection
Partnership between Sheryl Sandberg’s LeanIn.org and Getty Images to provide stock photos that it says represents women and families in more empowering ways.

Women Photograph
A private database of more than 500 independent women documentary photographers based in 87 countries.

No Male Panel Pledges

Gender Avenger Pledge: I Will not serve as a panelist at a public conference when there are no women on the panel

I will Not be Part of Male-Only Panels (Started by Owen Barder, vice president and of the Center for Global Development Europe, the pledge now has more than 500 people who’ve signed on.)

Public Events

All Male Panels
A Tumblr account documenting all male panels, seminars, events, and various other things featuring all male experts, with a thumbs up from David Hasselhoff. #allmalepanel

Are Men Talking Too Much?
A “Gender Timer” tool to track “manterruptions.” It measures who’s talking and for how long: A Dude, or Not a Dude.

Conference Diversity Distribution Calculator
Calculates the probability of an unbiased conference speaker selection based on demographic distribution in the field.

Fresh Speakers
Speakers bureau with young, diverse thought leaders.

Gender Avenger
A social media campaign to ensure women are represented in the public dialog. Sign the Pledge. Read their report, Who Talks?, with the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers and the Women’s Media Center.

How not to plan a pale male event
Five-point plan by Courtney Martin, author and co-founder of Fresh Speakers.

Women Speaker Initiative
Connects speakers who are women and people of color to ensure they have the tools necessary to get paid competitively as compared to men.

Tech

Behind the Tech
Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott’s photographic profile project, elevating the images of the women who work in the technology field.

Change the Ratio @ChangeTheRatio
Effort to increase the visibility of women in tech and new media. Co-founded by Rachel Sklar after a "power list" of 100 tech industry leaders included only seven women. Motto: Visibility begets access begets opportunity.

Project Include
Nonprofit that uses data and advocacy to accelerate diversity and inclusion solutions.

Twitter

#Womentweetsciencetoo - rolodex of more than 300 women scientists

#BlackinSTEM

#QueerinSTEM

#ThingsOnlyWomenWritersHear

#WhatWocWritersHear

#Allmalepanel

#morevoices

Global

Global Media Monitoring Project
Worldwide monitoring, research and advocacy project. Their report, Who Makes the News? Tracks how often people read, hear or see women in newspapers, TV and radio news around the world.

World Pulse
Social network for women by women to share grassroots storytelling to elevate the work women are doing around the world.

Pledges

Say No To Man Panels
Boycott of all male panels in international peace and security policymaking forums organized by UK based nonprofit Article 36.

UN Global Compact Pledge
The Compact encourages its 80-plus local networks and over 13,000 signatories around the world to pledge to bring gender balance to conferences and events. #PanelPledge.

Australia

Invisible:Women in Australian Graphic Design
Research project to raise the visibility of women in graphic design.

Male Champions of Change
Institute that works with influential leaders to redefine men’s roles in taking action on gender inequality.

Women’s Leadership Institute of Australia’s panel pledge toolkit
Resources and checklists to ensure gender parity and diversity on panels to elevate the quality of the discussion.

Brazil

#FindtheWoman
List of “kick ass” Brazilian women executives in advertising and marketing around the world.

European Union

EU Panel Watch
Campaign that tracks diversity on public panels and events. “We need better, more diverse debates that empower and inspire bold ideas from the next generation of leaders.”

Sweden

Equalisters
Crowd-sourced database of more than 30,000 diverse experts organized into more than 600 lists, with a reach of more than 130,000 on social media.

UK

100 Woman Challenge
BBC reporting project that focuses on women’s stories around the globe.