In 2006, a handful of enthusiastic editors began a collaboration that would ultimately become The WIP. On our first day online, March 7, 2007, I posted my first editorial outlining our vision for The WIP. I imagined “a news website where women were the experts, the public intellectuals, the writers.” I shared with our new community “I am fascinated by the internet and by its potential ... by humanity and our potential,” and my thoughts on the media as force for social change. I value news because it is a source of education. I concluded, as purveyors of news, knowledge and insight, “We can do better.”
And we did. For the past 8 ½ years The WIP has provided the stories behind headlines – context that is often overlooked and undervalued. This information is not only informative but transformative. This context – be it historical, forward thinking, or rooted in human rights and social justice is often missing from standard international news reporting. Together our voices have inspired readers of The WIP to not simply notice but to care. The WIP Community cares about our sisters and our transnational plight. The WIP Community is committed to rectifying the injustices faced by so many around the world. Through our stories, we have taught each other what matters. With our words, we have laid out solutions for a just, equitable, and free future for all.
Yet, in our time online, we have not found a funding or partnership model that is sustainable; and now, we must change course to preserve this piece of history in the most effective and valuable way for readers and researchers worldwide who value women’s voices and perspectives. We have posted our final feature articles and blogs and soon will begin to transform all of our hard work and dedication into an educational archive.
The WIP transformation begins this summer when we will build what we like to refer to as “The WIP 3.0.” We are developing a resource that will be as deep as it is wide – an educational archive that our community can search by topic, region of the world, or author; all of it developed from our contributor’s words and articles over the years. The WIP 3.0 will offer users a glimpse into what women worldwide see and experience during this critical period in world history. The WIP 3.0 will share the stories of the journalists, activists, organizations, and the women and men on the ground creating social change in their communities. The WIP 3.0 will serve students, researchers, and news junkies alike.
In 2005 I left teaching to develop The Women’s International Perspective, The WIP, because I had a dream to create change using what the then-emerging blogosphere afforded. That dream has not changed. While online, independent journalism has proved difficult to sustain, I continue to believe in the power of women’s voices and perspectives as vital for social change. I write to you with tremendous excitement for this next evolution of The WIP.
You can be part of transforming The WIP into a permanent archival resource. We are engaged in a final fundraising campaign to create the platform that will immortalize The WIP voices, stories, and advocacy for students, scholars, journalists, and other change-makers. By employing the latest web technology, our writers’ perspectives, evidence, and ideas will be timeless. To donate, please go to our donate page online where you will find instructions for either donating online or donating by check.
Thank you for your support of The WIP Internet News Service over the years. I am eager to begin this next chapter of our lives together.
Kate Daniels Kurz is the founder and Director of The WIP. She is a Certified Caring Economy Conversation Leader by the Center for Partnership Studies and a graduate of The Global Women's Leadership Network's Women Leaders For The World program at Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business. Kate teaches Gender and Women's Studies at Monterey Peninsula College and lives on California's Central Coast.