#MobilizeWomen Recap: Information is Power: Creating Change Through Access to Information and Using Your Voice
#MobilizeWomen is a movement propelled by change makers in business to commit to taking action against gender inequality. Ellevate Network hosted a number of speakers in NYC on June 21st, 2017. This is a recap of part of the event, with the most relevant concepts you can use to take action in your everyday life. Download the Mobilize Women Action Guide here.
As technology progresses, so does the way we receive our information. The sharing of information makes creating change in our community and societies easier by creating dialogue that was impossible nearly a decade ago. Accessibility to this information is also creating a space for women to feel more informed in their decisions as consumers and activists.
During The Information is Power: Creating Change Through Access to Information and Using Your Voice panel at #MobilizeWomen, we heard five brilliant women discuss how accessibility to information is changing the way women perceive power and how it affects women’s consumerism. The panelists included:
- Allie Hoffman, Founder, Equality Equation
- Tiffany Pham, Founder and CEO, Mogul
- Amy Cross, Founder, Gender Fair
- Lauren Leader-Chivee, Co-Founder and CEO, All In Together
- Kate Gardiner, Co-Founder and Partner, AVG [Average Work] (moderator)
Why Access to Information Matters
Having access to information matters because women are hungry for information. It is vital for women to be informed because information is a tool of power.
Amy Cross of Gender Fair discussed the effect that information has on women consumers. “You have an amazing amount of power,” she tells us. Gender Fair works to “inform women about publicly traded companies on how they serve women as leaders and employees with philanthropy and advertising.” The more we know about businesses that support women, the better our needs can be represented.
Tiffany Pham, Founder and CEO of Mogul, works to expand women’s voices in media. “Women’s shared voice only represents 15% globally.” Mogul works to change that. Through Mogul, Tiffany and her team have created a space where women are able to share job postings and high quality content that can lead to more women in leadership positions.
The Media’s Effect on Information
Social media has a huge presence in our society and has become the way that many people receive their information. There are many sources that have made it their responsibility to use social media to create a space for users to have a dialogue. Allie Hoffman, Founder of Equality Equation, makes it her mission to use media platforms to intersect art, activism and media. Allie and her team at Equality Equation work hard to post dynamic information that creates change. She believes in the power of social media and believes it is a great way for have open dialogue about various issues. Allie told us, “Your voice is powerful and deserves to be heard.”
Lauren Leader-Chivee, Co-Founder and CEO of All In Together, brought up the dangers of social media. All in Together is a bipartisan news source dedicated to bringing news to women that is unbiased in its reporting. Not all social media outlets have this same goal in mind. Though social media is a powerful tool for distributing information, it can be harmful to the public. She said, “One of the things we’re seeing in the political space is that women were already uncomfortable with the kind of scrutiny they were getting in traditional media… that’s gotten worse with the advent of social media.” She went on to say that tech and social media companies have abdicated responsibility on the fake news that has risen recently. It’s important that we look at certain information with caution and are able to differentiate credible sources from false ones.
All of the speakers had incredible things to say about the power of media and gave us great hope for the future of women in business and media. Here is what the speakers had to say to encourage us moving forward:
Allie: “Learn more, figure out what you’re good at, what you care about, and dive in.”
Tiffany: “I absolutely believe in putting your dollar where your mouth is.”
Amy: “Invest to support women, shop to support women, read to support women…”
Lauren: “If not me, who? If not now, when?”
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