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. For names of individuals
connected to WIFP, see the links on the side of this page.
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.
Our current and past activities are mentioned on this website.
Our Representatives at the United Nations in New York are Jessica Chesnut and Andrea Singer.
WIFP Support for Efforts at the UN
We publish the Directory
of Women's Media, available (with no access charge) on
this website, a booklet series on
media democracy, a print newsletter and a quarterly online newsletter
for Associates, Voices
for Media Democracy. This website provides a means of
communicating about media democracy issues. Particularly see the
"WIFP Communication News"
page. The Associates Statement.
and the various philosophy pages give insight into our approach
to media issues. The "Women's
Media" page serves to highlight particular women's media.
Please feel free to explore the pages of this
website and share with us your thoughts and ideas.
Archived Materials of the Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press and Donna Allen.
(Former location: 3306 Ross Place, NW, Washington, DC 20008-3332. Photos from a few scenes at the original
home of WIFP, 1972-2000)