Post-Election: What’s Next for Women and the Media?

At the Wellesley Centers for Women event from left to right: Joan Capelin, ABC's Diane Sawyer, and event co-chair Betty P. Rauch, chairperson of The Fortune Society

Wellesley Centers for Women co-Chairs Joan Capelin (left) and Betty rauch (right), with ABC's Diane Sawyer

From coffee shops and dinner tables to Saturday Night Live, the media’s treatment of women throughout the election cycle has been scrutinized and dissected. From Senator Hillary Clinton’s run for the Democratic nomination, to John McCain’s selection of Governor Sarah Palin as his VP candidate, to the inordinate amount of coverage given to the two potential presidential wives, women were in the news.

Last November 20th, the Wellesley Centers for Women presented “Post-Election: What’s Next for Women and the Media.”  The panel featured Michelle Bernard, Independent Women’s Forum and MSNBC; Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, CNBC Television; Diane Sawyer, ABC News; and Lynn Sherr, who just retired from ABC News, as moderator.  Joan Capelin was co-chair of the event, which took place at the University Club in New York City.

The panel considered what has changed for women as a result of the coverage of women’s political participation, and what has stayed the same? Could the media be a positive tool for women in politics? Could this lead to measured coverage of women in politics in general?

Joan has been particularly impressed with the work of the 35-year-old Wellesley Centers for Women, which is part of Wellesley College, her alma mater, to promote positive change for women, children, and families both in the United States and around the globe.  For more information, Joan asks you to visit