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WIFP - Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press


The Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press (WIFP) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt research, education, and publishing organization. Our organization was founded in 1972, by Dr. Donna Allen, to increase communication among women and reach the public with our experience, perspectives, and opinions. Women's contributions to society must be heard and be taken into account if democracy is to function and the world's political decisions are to be viable.

WIFP operates as a national and international network of Associates: media women and media-concerned women, as well as some men who join with us. Interns in our internship program undertake projects and engage in research and writing.

We seek to democratize the communications media by expanding freedom of the press (which includes its modern day electronic forms) to enable all people; rich and poor, male and female, to have the equal opportunity to speak directly to the whole public about their own issues and concerns. Access to the public constitutes political power and in a democracy it must be equal. Freedom of the press is a citizen right of democracy, it should not be a right based on wealth.

WIFP encourages projects that move us toward these democratic communication goals. It is a place where new ideas about making communication more democratic are encouraged, examined, researched and published. WIFP sees a unique role for women as the majority in democracy: to build a communication system that permits everyone to be heard equally.

The Directory of Women's Media, which can be found on the website at: contains listings of publications and organizations which are primarily run by women and focus on women and media-related issues.

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