Media’s Gender Gap: Where My Girls At? – The Feminist Wire

Media’s Gender Gap: Where My Girls At?

The representation of women in U.S. newsrooms is weak. The media industry is overwhelmingly male, and according to a report released last week by The Women’s Media Center, female representation in the press is declining. Here are some figures from the report:

  • From 2010 to 2011, women dropped from 20 percent of behind-the-scenes entertainment television roles to 4 percent.
  • Women make up only 21.7 percent of Sunday morning talk show commentators on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN and Fox News; and in one year, women in radio dropped 7.2 percent.
  • The film industry looks similar. Women direct only 5 percent of films and make up a third of speaking characters.

The report did contain some good news. For more than ten years, women in newspaper jobs were stuck below 40 percent,  however in 2011, female newspaper representation increased to 40.5 percent from 36.6 percent.

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