University of Calgary

The Top 7 Reasons Why Smart Women Should Speak Up

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View PosterA Public Lecture by Shari Graydon
with introduction by Dr. Elizabeth Cannon, President, University of Calgary

Date: Monday, January 7, 2013
Time: 5 pm to 6:30 pm
New Location: Murray Fraser Hall 160, University of Calgary

Why do women’s perspectives account for less than 25% of those offered in Canada’s most influential media? And why should you care? Informed Opinions, a nonprofit project of Media Action, is exploring the causes and consequences of women's under-representation, and working to change the male-female ratio. In this public lecture, Shari Graydon, president of Media Watch and founder of Informed Opinions, reviews the participation of women in news commentary, explores the barriers and consequences, and discusses ways to bridge the current gender gap by supporting women in contributing their ideas and analysis to the public discourse. She also makes the broader case for why all scholars should consider sharing their expertise beyond academic publications. For more information regarding Informed Opinions, visit

Shari Graydon is an award-winning author and activist with 20 years' experience on both sides of the microphone. A former newspaper columnist, TV producer and CBC commentator, she also served as press secretary to a provincial premier, and as president of MediaWatch. Shari received the Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons' Case and was named one of Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women in 2007. She is the driving force behind Informed Opinions, a non-profit project working to enhance the quality of public discourse and build women's leadership through media engagement.

Sponsored by the Advisor to the President on Women's issues

Admission is free and open to the public
Reception to follow