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The Women’s Media Center, co-founded by Jane Fonda, is urging President Obama to nominate a woman as the next chair of the FCC.

Fonda today tweeted a link to a petition, which states that “maybe there is no easy fix to getting women into the top jobs in the
telecom and media industries, but the government watchdog can and should
be headed by a woman.” The petition also states that “the post atop the FCC is one of the most important opportunities
available to raise the bar for representational diversity and
decision-making in the media and telecom sectors, which are the
infrastructure of this generation and of the future.”

Speculation is that FCC chairman Julius Genachowski will depart this year, as many of his predecessors have left the post in a second presidential term. Among the names that have been floated as possible successors are two women currently on the commission, Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel.

No woman has ever led the agency.

The complete petition is below.