In honor of International Women's Day, we bring you a round-up of conversations, projects, profiles and news of women and girls who are shaking up the world of benevolent media.
Good timing: Apply by midnight tonight for the chance to win $20,000 to fund your news startup, thanks to the Women Entrepreneurs in the Digital News Frontier grant program.
Perfect tee: The good folks at Threadless and CARE are teaming up with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to host a challenge, asking people to design a t-shirt about empowering women to change their world. Deadline: March 28.
Go pink: Female entrepreneurs wrote a guest post for TechCrunch about why it's important to design tech products with women in mind, considering that "women control 80 percent of consumer spending and drive the majority of user activity on many of the largest social networks."
Breaking news: Read this ground-breaking report, "Covering Crime: How Pakistani Media Reports on Rape Case," which reveals "how the media covers crime is one area of concern which has been identified as a major impediment in the way of a gender-friendly media."
Share your story: Learn about Shou Osstik? (What’s Your Story?), a six-month new media pilot training program for women from the north, south, Bekaa, and Beirut regions in Lebanon. Think about how you could bring this to your community.
Make your mark: Watch the trailer for MAKERS: Women Who Make America, a new documentary film featuring first-person stories from some of the country's leading ladies in government, business and civil society.
Girls rule! Re-watch this oldie but goodie: The Girl Effect, a worldwide campaign to empower adolescent girls.
Start talking: Cozy up on your couch and watch these 33 videos from TEDxWomen, an independently curated series of TEDx events by The Paley Center for Media. Here's a conversation with Gloria Steinem, who says, "My wish for women is to tell their stories.”
Represent! The ladies at Miss Representation are at it again with a YouTube campaign, produced in collaboration with LoveSocial.org, about how the media we consume affects our perception of women and girls. There's also an excellent infographic to go along with it.