The media can often be dominated by male voices, even when they’re reporting on issues important to women. Without representation in the media, the national dialogue can become alien and even harmful to women. The solution: have more women reporting. At the 2011 Women, Action and the Media (WAM!) New York City conference, female journalists Bryce Covert, Dana Goldstein, Sarah Laskow and Michelle Chen came together to share their experiences reporting on topics such as the environment, education, finance, and social justice.

—Sara Jerving