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Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Human Services, Journalism

Mission: Women’s eNews is an award-winning nonprofit news service covering issues of particular concern to women and creating significant social impact through its work and collaborations: The competitive advantage of Women’s eNews lies in its unique combination of three functions: 1. Serious Reporting: Women’s eNews conducts high quality journalism on serious issues that are of particular concern to women. 2. Original Coverage of Under reported Issues: Women’s eNews publishes original reporting on issues ignored by other media. Women’s eNews articles are frequently reprinted by other news outlets and feminist blogs and websites, and often catalyze social action and additional reporting by other organizations. 3. Global Scope: Women’s eNews reports on issues affecting women in the United States and around the world, and its Arabic site is aimed specifically at women in the Middle East. Women’s eNews also hires freelancer reporters from across the globe and provides them high quality editing so that they may clearly, concisely and fairly tell the stories from the perspective of those living the issues.

Results: Women’s eNews has undoubtedly had a significant social impact, directly and indirectly affecting the lives of millions of people by providing coverage of important issues largely ignored by conventional media. At a more nuanced level, the organization currently creates impact in the following ways: • Women’s eNews helps set the news agenda for conventional media; • Women’s eNews impacts opinion leaders and policymakers; • Women’s eNews is a resource and catalyst for rights organizations and activists; • Women’s eNews uncovers injustices, draws attention to issues, disseminates information, and empowers readers; • Women’s eNews helps foster, train, and support the career development of new journalists with a focus on social justice and women’s rights; • Women’s eNews raises the profiles and supports the leadership development of its 21 Leaders for the 21st Century.

Target demographics: put women in the headlines and the bylines of news media

Geographic areas served: nearly every country across the globe

Programs: Black Maternal Health, a long running investigative series exploring the health disparities that exists for Black moms in America; Women and Poverty, a long running investigative series bringing life-bias for women economically to light; Arabic Women's eNews, an Arabic language sister site providing news and commentary for Arabic speaking women and 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, an annual leadership gala and program to support and celebrate those investing in women and girls.

Community Stories

149 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I am a contract lobbyist for a variety of health and human services organizations in Pennsylvania. I read Women's eNews regularly and frequently forward it on to my clients. I also serve on the boards of the state Planned Parenthood and a local community health and wellness foundation. There are so few main stream media outlets that provide this kind of coverage. I always appreciate not only the information but the perspective. The international coverage serves to remind me of how much we have in this country and how important it is that all women in free countries be aware of the difficulties women in other less democratic countries face.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have been reading womenews I think it started so its been quite a few years. I am so glad this organization exists because it focuses on stories affecting women. I am also glad the news now incorporates more coverage of Third World countries and has more women of color correspondents.

I get it via email and can refer to the actual website when I want to read more or other stories.

It does a great service to women and men by highlighting and reporting angles which may have been overlooked in the mainstream media.

It was a great step forward for communication for and by women when Rita decided to embark on this wonderful effort!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

We.news has become for me one of the authentic sources of objective information on women's issues. Through We.news, I stay abreast of current issues in women's lives across the world. I have found information from We.news useful for teaching and research. Some of the stories of the experiences of women provide vivid illustration for my students interested in 'her story'.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I read Women' e-news daily. In the whirlwind of
the changing, expanding chaotic world we live in,
Women' e-news manages to slow information down
and deliver in-depth articles from around the world that deeply
effect women's lives. The power of this information is twofold.
As a woman I am more deeply informed and therefore can manage
my life and the local issues that effect me more successfully,
and now the world knows we are watching intelligently, so more
men will need to think twice if poor treatment of women will happen
under the bright light of our watchful eyes.
There is no doubt change is a foot and women's e-news is there
to report all of it courageously. It fills in the gaping holes, because unfortunately the rest of the media could truly and accurately be called "mens news."


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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Inspirational and often upsetting. Every day--every single day Women's E-News has a story that makes me catch my breath a remind me that no matter how far we've come, how long the road is. Its not an occasional story slated in among celeb news and foreign dispatched -- it is day in and day out a barometer of women's lives and concerns across the world. Bravo.

As a professional journalist, I find it an extraordinary tool for keeping the compact between me and and all other women.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been active in breastfeeding support and advocacy for over 40 years. Things have changed a lot in the media's treatment of this topic in four decades, from a hush-hush attitude in the early days to headline exploitation for titillating the reader today. Women's eNews has been a refreshing change. They cover breastfeeding as the important women's issue it is. They mention breastfeeding when it is relevant in stories on other topics. No sensationalism, no proselytizing, just the facts, presented with respect. This, in taddition to their many other virtues (global viewpoint, coverage of "minority" news and views, Arabic language service, etc.) has made me a loyal reader and contributor.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Women's eNews provides news stories concerning women's issues, not just locally, but from all around the world. It is a vital, necessary and integral part of our community, as they cover specific topics of importance to women -- stories which may not be given priority in other media outlets.

jmiller

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

There should be more attention to Women's enews because it tells the truth without hype or distorting the facts. The only time this happens is when the facts are not known by a respective author at any given time, who still does his or her best to record their stories as accurately as possible. Womens Enews is not just for women; no one can be disconnected from women, especially children. In other words, the topics covered in Womens enews are relevant to families and all populations whose lives women touch. I can't think of anyone this leaves out in terms of truthful and current journalism that's timely and as accurate as possible. The more exposure these issues get, the better.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently had the opportunity of volunteering at Women's eNews. Although I was only there for a short while, I was quite impressed with this group of women that are hard working and dedicated to providing women with news on issues that are not available to them through other media outlets. It was truly a pleasure meeting and working with Rita Henley Jensen and her staff and I wish them only the best as they continue on with their mission.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Even in this twenty-first century as women continue to break gender barriers and glass ceilings, in the mass media they are still too often under-represented, marginalized, stereotyped or objectified. That's why Women's eNews provides such a valuable service in presenting the stories of, for, and by women from around the world that show the breadth, depth, and diversity of womankind. The daily email story from them can be informative, disturbing, moving, and/or inspirational. It's one of the few must-read organizational emails of the many I receive. They also are savvy enough to provide occasional comic relief (and prove that women DO have a sense of humor) through the cartoons of Nicole Hollander and Liza Donnelly.

I share Women's eNews stories often with my classmates from an international Gender and Peace Building program, with family members, and with friends on email and social networks. If every reader of this service does the same, who knows what the cumulative ripple effect could be? Perhaps that the next generation of media makers will treat women more equitably.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I belong to Business and Professional Women's organization (BPW) who's mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information. Our National Foundation issues, and state and local Legislative Platforms are key to the work of BPW. I' ve utilized Women's ENews articles and relied on it for information that helps us promote our issues and educate members, the community and in some cases our legislators about issues that we support and lobby for. It keeps me abreast of the latest news that affects women's issues and women's lives.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Women's e-News provides me with important and reliable information that I otherwise would not have access to. Its format, as a brief daily email, works well in my busy life. I appreciate learning about the lives of women in other parts of the world as well as reading about what is going on closer to home. Women's e-News shines a light on vital issues that often are not getting the attention they deserve.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Women's eNews gets to the heart of what matters, to me and to the world. Trying to find the information from this wonderful resource in the daily news columns, or on television broadcasts, is effortful, and usually fruitless.
The rampant abuse, rape, disfigurement, burnings, and murders of women and girls throughout the world occurs daily but is seemingly taken for granted and not reported on. It will stop when more and more people learn of it and attend to it. Constant attention by the media, though it would be repetitive, like the daily reporting of the price of gasoline at the pump or other economic issues, will produce a sense of urgency and eventual results.
Were it not for the persistence of these stories in Women's eNews they would likely be unknown by men (other than those who are committing the atrocities.
The hope for our world, it seems obvious, lies in the empowerment of women. The men, like myself, have made a bloody mess of things.
I thank Women's eNews for their substantial part in helping to improve life for women, girls, men and boys, and all beings.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daily women's e-news e-mail gives me front-page news I don't see anywhere else. Recently the "City of Joy" opened in the Congo and there was no coverage except in Women's e-news.

The journalism standards are uniformly high and this news source is a treasure. THey are not a "clearinghouse" but an actual provider of news. Amazing.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was a reporter and foreign correspondent for major media for more than 20 years, and wrote many stories about women's second-class status and abuses against them in many countries. These rarely received front-page play and were often cut or languished on hold for several weeks. WomensENews has made such dismissive treatment more or less impossible now by creating a steady drumbeat of compelling and well-researched news items about women's situation that editors cannot ignore or dismiss as isolated cases. The grim reality of too many women's lives is often ignored because it is such an integral part of daily reality. This is what WomensENews spotlights, making it impossible for the world to look away any longer.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Women's E-News is the first email I read of the day. The information is concise, accurate, and relevant.

It's great because it isn't just about what is happening in the US, but includes articles about what is going on internationally.

The point of view is honest, unbiased, yet compassionate.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I think this website fits the general usage of people having interests on gender issues. It spreads diverse information, covering different regions, different topics, and different communities. Such contribution makes big difference to other members around the world, saying that activists would not only pay attention to First-World issues. This diversity also leads to a little bit chaos. It would be nice if the categorization( together with the arrangement that put categories at the top of it) can undergo some brain-storming.
Otherwise, I love the rich information it has provided me from the very first moment visiting this website. Thanks for the organization behind it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women's eNews truly reflects the opinion of women across social, economic, health and a myriad of concerns that women face on a daily basis.

By bringing issues that are often covertly dismissed by the establishment as unimportant gives women the incentive to fight for what is right in their opinion.

Since finding Women's eNews I have been able to personally broaden my own horizons and bring tothe attention of like minded women the importance of knowledge as a power base.

Subject matter is often controversial and not necessarily of my own personal belief, however, by opening up debate it demysifies the rumour and fabrication associated with a particular subject.

Friends have thanked me for putting them in touch with this example of how free speech can be used to the benefit of all.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Every day I read Women's eNews because every day they produce original reporting on issues that concern women. They cover topics and news that other media outlets tend to ignore, and in a world of male dominated news coverage and topics, Women's eNews is the best source for and about women.

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M Patricia W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Womensenews is a critical voice in the chatter of today's infotainment.
It is increasing difficult to separate out the intelligent commentary from the slanted/ politically motivated commentary. It is important to search for that news that gives a voice to our story, the women's story. as an example - the demonstration/revolution in Egypt was not just the man's story. It is a story of women who found their power and joined the demonstrations in Tahrir Square.
I look forward to the perspective shared by women around the world and no place gives that to me as clearly as Womensenews with their 300 stringers around the world.
The women's movement needs the voice of other women, through our lens, not the viewpoint of a man, about women's issues. So, in my view, the presence of Womensenews assures that our perspective is considered, and that - literally - we have a seat at the table - when issues are being decided.
That is critically important to reveal what mainstream media is not sharing. So, this is about my story - developing my voice and learning about my power to influence the world around me, requires that I see role models, who look like me and are not afraid to speak their minds.

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Karen O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing website with articles on all sorts of subjects that are poorly served by the regular media.

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Melanie M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Women's eNews provides great analysis and reporting of women's issues

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been reading Women's e-news daily for many years. I absolutely depend on it for stories and information bout what is happening with women around the world that I wouldn't get any other way.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Women's eNews provides information that is not readily available to the general public about human and women's rights issues everywhere. Furthermore, the news is reader accessible in terms of the level of English used (not academic) , so I can be sure others will understand it when I use excerpts in teaching.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Women's eNews is an invaluable resource for me both as an individual and as an academic.

I routinely teach undergraduate and graduate level courses that focus on women's lives and rights (and wrongs). To do so effectively, I rely on Women's eNews for up-to-the-minute journalism on the status of women and girls worldwide.

Women's eNews is a significant resource, readily accessible for students. It is a wonderful teaching tool.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The opportunity of leadership of an international news organization is a profound honor and deeply exhilarating. I am dedicating my time, talent and resources to Women's eNews. My world would not be as large as it is without their opinions and observations.

My world is broader when I read Women's eNews. It gives me the opportunity to read stories of real women in the world . . . not the stories written by Hollywood, Madison Avenue, or even Washington. Through Women's eNews we can know, relate, and feel closer to one another. And, as Women's eNews informs us, many times our hurdles are the same no matter where we live and that unites us.

Women'seNews will not look away; they will look and report when it is hardest to do so.















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Client Served

Rating: 4

This service is valuable to me as it is the only enews site which has a global focus on issues important to me. I read about women's issues from across the world, specially from India, where I am from. I check it everyday. For example today I read about India's transgender activist, I remember that they were ridiculed, marginalized group. I will now share the story on my FB page, it would require some 'courage to do so as the FB page is populated with aunts, cousins who still cling to old thoughts, but its not acceptable that we treat them the way society does, so when I become aware via the enews, its my responsibility to share the story and create awareness, generate a conversation...

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Womens's eNews provides current critical information about the condition of women throughout the world -- including the United States. The issues it addresses and draws attention to generally are those that should receive attention by mainstream media -- but do not. Sadly, issues that affect women -- and families -- are not given the attention that is needed if real-world conditions are to be addressed.
Bravo Women's eNews -- if only other forms/publishers of media wold follow their lead.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've supported WEN and Rita Henley since before its official founding. (I was an employee at NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, which first sponsored it, before it gained an independent existence.) It's unique in providing a wide array of information about women both in the US and internationally from a variety of perspectives. Many of its stories are not duplicated elsewhere. Especially in view of current events in the Mideast, its decision some while ago to pay particular attention on women in that area demonstrates rare prescience.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a single mother raising my two sons in poverty in Iowa City, Iowa, USA. I must qualify this by saying we live in poverty "American style". We have a roof over our heads and enough food to eat. I was raised in privilege, so especially appreciate the invaluable education that living in poverty provides. I could not have learned the lessons I have and am, nor would my consciousness have been raised, I believe, -without this experience.

My older son is now a college sophomore, financially independent, and while excelling in academia as he pursues a double major, works part time. My younger son will enter junior high this year. He also excels in school, participates in competitive fencing, and plays the saxophone.

I have very little support emotionally or financially, and isolation has been one of my greatest challenges as a single parent. Although I lived abroad for nearly eight years and earned a better-than-average living before my children were born, my resume does not qualify me for more than minimum wage, presently. Lacking private transportation in a community and a state that have very little public transportation, my family has faced unique limitations as a result. Nonetheless, my skills as a mother have allowed my children to thrive and develop their potential remarkably well. I would describe my efforts these past twenty years as an act of maternal feminism.

I breast-fed both my sons for six months exclusively, then each exercised that option until the age of three. As a single mother, I experienced welfare "reform" in the U.S., a mandate that forced mothers back to work within six weeks of giving birth. Fortunately, my older son was already two, when this happened. With my second son, I found work at a daycare that let me take him to work with me and nurse him on demand throughout the day. The welfare reform case manager admonished me, saying, "there's a need for pumping!" -as he urged me to find employment. Caring for our own children isn't considered, "work". But if we take a service industry job that offers far less than a living wage and no health insurance benefits, the STATE will PAY a third-party to care for our children, at rates far above the pittance the mother herself receives during the six weeks she's allowed to be with the child exclusively. The case manager "explained" that putting mothers back into the work force was, "good for the tax base". But the truth is, many of the jobs they fill pay so little that they're exempt from paying income tax. It's not breast feeding that victimizes women, it's a culture that refuses to acknowledge the WORK THAT PARENTING IS, and fails to support mothers in their respective roles as parent and employee.


Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been a Women's eNews subscriber since its inception; from there, I learn things that never come up in the mainstream media. The female perspective from Tunisia; the fact that only 17% of Congresswomen are female; arguably the frivolity of focusing on incomplete DNA testing of rape kits (given that consent, not DNA, is often the key element). These are just stories from the past few weeks alone. Sadly, this great news source still struggles financially.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was looking for information on two different stories that were women related and I found info on both at Women's E-news! They're fulfiling a very important role by chronicling women's lives and issues of importance to women because statistics show that women are represented under 25% in mainstream media.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Women’s eNews is my main source of substantive news covering issues of particular concern to women and providing women’s perspectives on public policy. I can't find this news any other place. Women's eNews enhances my abilility to think and act globally as well as spur ideas locally. It is the most forwarded piece of email I receive each day and I really appreciate it as do all of my women friends when i send them a link or information I think they might find of interest to them.
Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Womensenews is the site I never skip. it has news about women from all walks of life and parts of the globe. I find that I am forwarding many articles to other Activists in other fields because they are accurate and current. It has become part of my community network.

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John L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just read Jurate Kazickas article about Eve Ensler's "City of Joy" in the Congo. That story came to life right on my screen, no video needed, just Eve's energy and the writer's heart. No mainstream media reported on this story or if they did, no way could they portray the story as this writer for Womens Enews did. So if you have empathy for Congolese women raped because they're bystanders in a resource war -- by the way, a resource war that allows us from the West to indulge in our personal electronics -- than you really only have one choice: Womens Enews for comprehensive and unbiased coverage. It makes me numb to think the mainstream media may decide to bury the story because their sold-out to SONY advertising dollars. Womens Enews, on the other hand, inspires me!

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