COMMISSIONER JESSICA ROSENWORCEL
ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN IN MEDIA
WOMEN WHO REPRESENT AWARDS
NOVEMBER 14, 2013
Thank you, Sylvia Strobel, for that kind introduction. Thank you also to the
Alliance for Women in Media for the good and important work you do.
It is terrific to be here and exciting to be honored this morning at the Women Who
Represent Awards. Women Who Represent—I like the sound of that. But you know
what I like even better? Women who rule. So it is a special treat to be honored this
morning along with Mignon Clyburn, who until very recently served as the Acting
Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission. Her rule was brief—and
productive. And I am grateful to call her both a colleague and a friend.
But when it comes to women who represent and women who rule—our numbers
on the technical side of communications and media are simply too few. Day-in and day-
out in my job here in Washington and on the road, I can’t help but be reminded. But our
new economy is built on communications technology. In fact, science, technology,
engineering, and math are the fastest growing fields in the economy. There are three
times as many job opportunities in STEM fields than in any other field. Yet the Bureau
of Labor Statistics tells us that while women hold half of the jobs in this country, they
hold less than a quarter of all jobs in STEM fields.
We need to close that gap. It’s a matter of equity. It’s an economic imperative.
It’s the right thing to do. And I think the fierce group of women here are going to play a
role in doing just that—because they can both represent and rule.