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How the Media Failed Women in 2013

December 18, 2013

As we look back on 2013 there have certainly been some positive strides towards representation of women in the media. Malala was pictured on the front page of Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Films with female leads struck box office gold. More and more television shows with strong female characters are earning high ratings and the first African American woman was nominated for an Emmy since 1995. And the Goldiblox ad has gone viral highlighting the inventive minds of girls:

This said, while some things have changed, many things have stayed the same. The media is one of the most powerful tools we have access to. It has the ability to educate and effect social change, yet we use it as a means to oppress and demean.

For instance, consider the following statistics:
  • By a nearly 3 to 1 margin, male front-page bylines at top newspapers outnumbered female bylines in coverage of the 2012 presidential election.
  • Men were also far more likely to be quoted than women in newspapers, television and public radio.
  • On Sunday TV talk shows, women comprised only 14 percent of those interviewed and 29 percent of roundtable guests.
  • Talk radio and sports talk radio hosts are overwhelmingly male.
  • As newspaper employment continues to tumble, so does the number of women in key jobs.
  • Newer, online-only news sites have fallen into the same rut as legacy media. Male bylines outnumbered female bylines at four of six sites reviewed... read more.

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