Through the dissemination of underreported stories of women worldwide, Her Report serves as a catalyst for critical conversations and ensuing, transcendent change. Her Report intends to cultivate an international network of support for women, rooted in the belief that the more we understand each other’s inimitable lives, cultures and adversities, the more mindful of and empathic toward one another we become.
Though that’s not all. I’ve reported from 30 countries spanning five continents and, in doing so, I’ve heard a lot of “That’s a dangerous country—especially for a woman.” And, “How do you do that alone as a woman?” And, “Aren’t you afraid you’ll get raped, or trafficked, or drugged, or murdered, or kidnapped, or attacked, or robbed or just lost?” I had a revelation: Studies show that women writers aren’t offered the same opportunities to share about their adventures—rather, we’re relegated to topics of safety and style and savvy. Therefore, Her Report is also a curation of raw and revelatory travel memoirs, travel advice and travel resources for likeminded visionaries who refuse to fixate on fear for the solo female traveler. As I journey to unearth women’s stories, I also share how and why to do what I’m doing: exploring the world.
I’m an insatiably impassioned journalist and simultaneously mindful and mindless adventure aficionado with an affinity for impulsive solo travel and a proclivity for traversing parts of this world people advise against. But my keen cultural curiosity feeds my impetus to travel, and my travels whet an abiding curiosity. Simply, travel is my medication and, at the same time, a cyclic, unabated addiction. When I’m not blogging about it, I’m writing about topics that largely make people uncomfortable or feel persuaded or perplexed or passionate or pleasantly surprised for a wealth of other both online and print publications you can find on my portfolio, here.
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In a world short-circuited by an explosive growth of technology propelling 24/7 consumer demands, journalism is all too often evasive. Journalists are sparsely sent to sources and, instead, predispose readers to information about people with whom they’ve never engaged and places to which they’ve never been.
Moreover, the lack of female journalists and sources in both legacy media outlets and modern curators creates an inevitable absence of the female voice on key issues in national dialogue. According to “The Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2017 Report” by the Women’s Media Center (WMC), women receive just 38 percent of bylines and other credits in print, web, television and wire news. They cover just 32 percent of stories on crime and justice; 33 percent on religion; 34 percent on U.S. politics; 37 percent on tech, domestic issues and world politics, 38 percent on culture; 40 percent on business and economics; 44 percent on social issues and 49 percent on science. Even with regards to topics pertaining to women—such as reproductive issues and campus sexual assault—female journalists claim just 37 percent and 31 percent of stories, respectively. Likewise, women aren’t quoted as sources nearly as often as men, even on matters that largely affect them; for example, of the 12 outlets WMC researched, only three used more quotes from female sources in their sexual assault coverage. At 36 percent, women are quoted as experts more so than previous years (22 percent in 2005), but men’s names are still attributed to the bulk of quotes.
This deficiency is detrimental to the health of our democracy and perpetuates the objectification, sexualization and gendered stereotyping of 54 percent of media consumers in the country, and determines not only what we talk about and who talks about it, but also how we talk about it. Her Report is a female-founded and –led source for stories that pertain to populations in their entirety, but with that oft-neglected herspective.
Seventy-two percent of American women are interested in solo travel and those who pursue it are doing so more adventurously. In fact, The Travel Industry Association of America reports that 20- to 70-year-old women make up three-quarters of those embarking on nature, adventure and cultural journeys, and the average adventure traveler is, contrary to popular belief, a 47-year-old woman. Women even make up 80 percent of travel decisions, and travel brands are witnessing major growth in female clientele. But the preconceived notion that traveling solo as a woman—adventurously or otherwise—should be ill-advised is pervasive.
Like we need to see more actresses playing doctors on television, and women recognized in STEM, and female athletes idolized in the same way we idolize male athletes, we need to see more of these wandering women on our social media feeds to instill confidence in curious women and girls and silence the ignorance. Across all aspects of life, research shows that we ask men how to win and women how not to fail. Her Report teaches women how to win at traveling—not how to not get “raped, or trafficked, or drugged, or murdered, or kidnapped, or attacked, or robbed or just lost,” but how to discover the world and themselves.
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