Communications, Media & Gender

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.

PUBLIC SPEAKING HBO Documentary on Fran Liebowitz

Date/Time: 
11/22/2010

HBO DOCUMENTARY PUBLIC SPEAKING, DIRECTED BY
MARTIN SCORSESE AND STARRING ICONIC WRITER
FRAN LEBOWITZ, DEBUTS NOV. 22

“I have way too frequently for my own moral comfort
been asked if I was an only child.”
– Fran Lebowitz

Is Television Dumbing Down Dad?

- By Eliza Wierzbinska, Intern -
 
Family is one of the most often revisited themes on television. In sitcoms and dramas, mother and father figures reflect society’s prevailing attitudes and expectations about parenting, gender and gender roles in the home. Past representations of motherhood on television upheld mothers as ‘naturally nurturing’ figures (LaRossa, 1988) able to give their children everything they need. Fathers, on the other hand, were assigned the roles of ‘breadwinner’ and ‘disciplinarian,’ typically incompetent and inept in the domestic realm (LaRossa, 1988).

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Women's Media Center: The Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2013

The Women’s Media Center released its first report on the status of women in media in 2012, detailing persistent gender disparity in a range of media businesses and institutions that rank among the greatest influencers in American society. 

In this 2013 report, we have expanded the categories that were studied and analyzed, aiming to provoke meaningful discussion and increased accountability. And change. With females making up 51 percent of the U.S. population, there are business, societal and cultural imperatives that demand gender equality and equal participation. 
 
Diversifying the media landscape is critical to the health of our democracy.
URL: 
http://www.womensmediacenter.com/page/-/WMC-Status-US-Women-Media-2013.pdf

Women's Media Center: The Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2013

The Women’s Media Center released its first report on the status of women in media in 2012, detailing persistent gender disparity in a range of media businesses and institutions that rank among the greatest influencers in American society. 

In this 2013 report, we have expanded the categories that were studied and analyzed, aiming to provoke meaningful discussion and increased accountability. And change. With females making up 51 percent of the U.S. population, there are business, societal and cultural imperatives that demand gender equality and equal participation. 
 
Diversifying the media landscape is critical to the health of our democracy.
Teaser: 
The Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2013 report consists of a meta-analysis of stories, studies, data and issues that affect women and media. 

Traits versus Issues: How Female Candidates Shape Coverage of Senate and Gubernatorial Races

SeeTraits versus Issues: How Female Candidates Shape Coverage of Senate and Gubernatorial Races

From: Political Research Quarterly

Authors: Johanna Dunaway, Regina G. Lawrence, Melody Rose, Christopher R. Weber

Date Published: July 3, 2013

 

Teaser: 

As female candidates may face greater challenges in establishing their “qualifications” for office, coverage of their personal traits may be pernicious, because it tends to de-emphasize substantive qualifications. This study focuses on relative amounts of trait and issue coverage of contests with and without women candidates. 

Job Growth Remains Steady for Both Women and Men

According to the IWPR analysis of the July employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job growth for both women and men continued to improve in June compared to the previous month. Of the 195,000 total jobs added to nonfarm payrolls, women gained 113,000 jobs (58 percent) while men gained 82,000 jobs (42 percent).

URL: 
http://www.iwpr.org/publications/job-growth-remains-steady-for-both-women-and-men/

Wendy Davis, the Over-Night Liberal and Feminist Superstar, Has Pink Sneakers

Wendy Davis, the over-night liberal and feminist superstar, has pink sneakers.

Did you know this fact? Of course you did.


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Daddy, My Buddy, Versus Daddy, My Protector: Fathers in Film

Father’s Day is an opportune time to reflect on what fathers mean to us, not only individually, but as a society.  Looking at entertainment is a means to understand how popular culture constructs some of our ideas. The top three lists of films with the “best dads” (Total Film, Time Entertainment, and Sabotage Times) showcase fifty-seven movie fathers. These fathers are admired for their unwavering protection of their children, whether this is through fighting terrorists or teaching them about the woes of growing up.


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This Father’s Day, If You Care to Send the Very Best, Don’t Reinforce Sexist Gender Role Stereotypes

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 give to fathers and mothers on their respective holidays exemplify how we view their roles as a society—views that may act as a barrier to men and women’s familial and workplace fulfillment. For example, we tell fathers on Father’s Day that they are providers and protectors whose wisdom, toughness, and strength maintain their families. They are bearers of respect and integrity.


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