Who we are

We Are Doc Women was founded in 2017 to provide peer support for women directors working in factual television in the UK. We have grown to become a collective of directors, producers, assistant producers and executive producers advocating for equal opportunities, greater support and fair recognition within our industry.

What we do

We Are Doc Women is committed to fostering a peer support network and safe space to discuss issues relating to all women directors and aspiring directors. We aim to offer mentoring and professional development to women who want to direct or who are already directors as they navigate their careers. We support greater recognition for women producers. We promote and participate in advocacy efforts to hold the industry to account. Previous speakers have included heads of commissioning departments, commissioning editors, award-winning directors, financial advisors and experienced rate negotiators.

Our mission

We Are Doc Women seeks to create a powerful network of women making documentary and factual television in the UK that is able to call upon one another for ideas, support, help and advice. We are already collaborating with other brilliant organisations who are working in this field but are keen to form new relationships.

We Are Doc Women (WADW) is proud to publish the findings from our survey on career progression within the UK factual television industry. We present here data that illustrates where women and men’s careers progress and stall, and how this affects their pay and their well-being.

Thank you

to everyone who completed the survey. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact us through the email below.

For any enquiries please contact:

If you work in an editorial role in factual television, join our Facebook group to become a member

The management team

Cara Bowen, Sian Guerra, Jane Merkin, Tara Nolan, Marina Parker, Tamanna Rahman, Clare Richards, Soleta Rogan, Rachel Tracy