Communications, Culture & Society

Mainstream media and the communications sector are still largely male-dominated in management, ownership and representation. Women hold only 3 percent of leadership positions in the sector. And despite the parity of female and male graduates from journalism schools in the U.S., women reporters on average make $9,000 less per year than their male cohorts. New media and the internet are offering new opportunities for women’s involvement, with an estimated 7.3 million more women online than men and 23 million women who use blogs, including the emerging “momosphere,” or moms who blog. A vibrant feminist media is building alliances to combat sexism and amplify voices and critical viewpoints. Initiatives from our network, such as SheSource and the Women’s Media Center, are aiming to address the absence of women as experts and opinion leaders in the public sphere.

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Blog Posts

- By Eliza Wierzbinska, Intern - Family is one of the most often revisited themes on television. In sitcoms and dramas, mother and father...
Wendy Davis, the over-night liberal and feminist superstar, has pink sneakers. Did you know this fact? Of course you did.
Father’s Day is an opportune time to reflect on what fathers mean to us, not only individually, but as a society.  Looking at...
Sexism is not a one-party issue. Expectations to fulfill gender role requirements do not only negatively affect women, but men as well. The cards we...
Is it possible to think of your mother without also conjuring up notions of the Great Mother, that archetype so deeply embedded within our cultures...

News

  • November 10, 2010

    Women's Media Center: Rush Limbaugh. Glenn Beck. Sean Hannity. Bill O’...


  • October 21, 2010

    NY Times: With a few days to go until the elections, Democrats are conducting intensive outreach campaigns to women voters to urge them to turn out to the polls. Women historically turn out at higher numbers at the poll, and female votes are needed...


  • October 18, 2010

    Mother Jones: An adult-film actor tested positive for HIV last week, leading to a push to have actors in the industry wear condoms when filming. Producers and directors feel that viewers do not want to see condoms in porn, and that doing so will...


  • September 17, 2010

    Salon: Images of a sixteen year old girl being gang-raped were posted on Facebook by one of her male attackers.  The photos were viewed, shared and reposted numerous times, and created an online culture of "blaming the victim" in a...


  • August 19, 2010

    Reuters: A new study out of the University of Wales shows that men and women are still rather traditional when it comes to dating, and that the trend of older women looking for younger men--a "cougar"--is actually a myth.