Alliance for Women in Media Urges White House to Nominate FCC Members Committed to Promoting Diversity and Inclusion

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The Alliance for Women in Media is one of fifty national organizations to send a letter to the White House today urging the Obama Administration to nominate candidates committed to promoting diversity and inclusion when filling the chair and commissioner positions on the FCC.

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We eagerly await the FCC to reach full composition, and stand ready to assist in areas including research, public education and promoting the role of all forms of media in our society.

The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) is one of fifty national organizations to send a letter to the White House today urging the Obama Administration to nominate candidates committed to promoting diversity and inclusion when filling the chair and commissioner positions on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

AWM strongly believes the FCC needs leaders committed to reversing the extraordinarily low representation of minorities and women in media and telecom ownership, procurement and employment, yet the representation of women and minorities remains disproportionately low in industries overseen by the FCC. These industries collectively represent one-sixth of our nation’s economy. The letter notes that “[m]inority and women’s participation in broadcast ownership are particularly at risk, as they continue to decline rapidly.” As the nation becomes increasingly diverse, the signers of this letter encourage our President to address these issues by nominating leaders “who will assign the highest priority to racial and ethnic minority and women’s participation in the nation’s most influential industries.”

“The Alliance for Women in Media has been encouraged by the past appointments of Commissioners that share our priorities of diversity and inclusion,” said Erin M. Fuller, CAE, AWM president. “We eagerly await the FCC to reach full composition, and stand ready to assist in areas including research, public education and promoting the role of all forms of media in our society.”

The letter specifies methods of solving our nation’s historic racial and gender divide, pointing out that “a coalition of 57 national organizations has on file with the FCC 71 proposals to advance MWBE [Minority and Women Business Enterprises] entrepreneurship and procurement in media and telecom,” some of which have been pending before the Commission for more than ten years. Although former FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Deborah Taylor Tate have encouraged the Commission to vote on these proposals, they remain unaddressed.

About the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM): The Alliance for Women in Media leverages the promise, passion and power of women in all forms of media. Formerly known as American Women in Radio & Television, AWM is the longest-established professional association dedicated to advancing women in media and entertainment, and celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2011. The Alliance for Women in Media carries forth its mission by educating, advocating and acting as a resource to its members and the industry at large via inspired thought leadership that illuminates areas of societal need.

About the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation: The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (formerly known as The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television) supports and promotes educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has created partnerships and joint-initiatives with the National Middle School Association, the Emma Bowen Foundation, the American Red Cross and other organizations that are philosophically aligned with the mission of the Foundation. The Foundation also supports Empowering America®, an initiative which pays tribute to many of America’s most pioneering and inspiring women. Through this program, the Foundation provides Empowering America® educational collateral to needy urban middle schools around the country. The Foundation also produces nationally acclaimed recognition programs, including the Gracie Awards®, a live gala that honors exemplary programming created for, by, and about women.

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