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Why Women Need to Speak Up

A free public lecture by award-winning author, advocate and speaker Shari Graydon. September 25, 2015 @ 3:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the University Club

Why Women Need to Speak Up - Bridging the Gender Gap in Public Discourse


Women constitute 61% of university graduates, but their voices account for less than 25% in the commentaries of Canada's largest daily newspapers and on public affairs talk shows. That's a problem. When women are absent from both the corridors of power AND the dominant news and opinion media, their perspectives and priorities are less likely to exert influence. Informed Opinions is working to change that. We explore the causes and consequences of the gap, mobilizing women to see themselves as an important part of the solution.

Please join us on Friday September 25 in the Great Hall of McMaster's University Club. This event is free and all are welcome to attend. RSVP to

About Shari Graydon


Shari GraydonAn award-winning author, advocate and speaker with 25 years of experience on both sides of the microphone, Shari Graydon founded and currently leads Informed Opinions, a non-profit project of Media Action working to amplify women’s voices. Since 2010, the project has supported more than 1000 women across Canada in sharing their insights and analysis with a broader public.

A former newspaper columnist, TV producer and commentator for CBC, she also served as press secretary to a provincial premier, and as president of Media Action (then called MediaWatch). Shari has taught communications and presentation skills at Simon Fraser University, written speeches for public officials, and delivered communications and media training to public and private sector organizations across the country.

Her best-selling media literacy books for youth, Made You Look – How Advertising Works and Why You Should Know and In Your Face – The Culture of Beauty and You were both honoured with children’s choice award nominations and other book prizes. Proceeds from her collection of essays by 41 women, I Feel Great About My Hands – And Other Unexpected Joys of Aging, support Informed Opinions.

Named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by WXN in 2006, Shari received the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons’ Case for her advocacy work on behalf of women the following year. In 2014 she was named a University of Windsor Distinguished Visitor in Women’s Studies, and profiled by the Nobel Women’s Initiative during their 16 Days of Activism initiative.