“Where every woman has a voice.” No, it’s not utopia, or even Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland (add it to your to-read list). It’s PulseWire. PulseWire is the social networking arm of World Pulse, a nonprofit media organization dedicated to connecting the women of the world and covering global issues from women’s points of view. Founded in 2003 by journalist Jensine Larsen, World Pulse publishes a magazine, trains women as citizen journalists and runs PulseWire, an “online sanctuary” for women around the world to share their stories and experiences, brainstorm on issues of concern and take collective action.
But it is women only (sorry male feminists). Prominent men like Nicholas Kristof (see Half the Sky by Kristof and his wife Sheryl WuDunn) and Greg Mortenson (Three Cups of Tea author and co-founder of the Central Asia Institute) have helped point out the importance of empowering women, most notably by educating girls. I could not be more supportive of their work, and the work of thousands of other gentlemen like them. But I also support the idea that we need these women to speak for themselves, and that too often, women’s voices are drowned out by the louder, more authoritative, more established voices of men. Look at these numbers, courtesy of World Pulse: top global decision making positions are 15 percent female and 85 percent male. Women are cited in global news stories on government and politics only 7 percent of the time and they represent less than 1 percent of the world’s editors, department heads and media owners. So until the balance is a little more equal, I’m okay with a site that is for only women’s voices. You can join here.
I leave you with the beginnings of this poem, The Soul of World Pulse:
Let us be a loudspeaker
for women of the world.
Let us call forth voice
where before there was silence.
Let us stand back while they speak up,
for their words are so beautiful they
need no adornment.
Let us be their platform, their forum,
their safe haven, their sanctuary,
an amplifier no one can ignore.