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.

Expert Profile

Location: 
United States
40° 42' 51.3684" N, 74° 0' 21.5028" W

An advocate of women’s issues for more than 30 years, Marie C. Wilson is founder and President of The White House Project, co-creator of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work ® Day and author of Closing the Leadership Gap: Why Women Can and Must Help Run the World (Viking 2004). 

In 1998, Wilson founded The White House Project in recognition of the need to build a truly representative democracy – one where women lead alongside men in all spheres. Since its inception, The White House Project has been a leading advocate and voice on women’s leadership.

Before she took the helm at The White House Project, Wilson was, for nearly two decades, the President of the Ms. Foundation for Women. She is an honorary “founding mother” of the Ms. Foundation. In honor of her work, the Ms. Foundation has created The Marie C. Wilson Leadership Fund.

Location

New York, NY
United States
40° 42' 51.3684" N, 74° 0' 21.5028" W

Red Networks: Women Writers and the Blacklist in Television

Date/Time: 
03/13/2010

Carole Stabile, Director, Center for the Study of Women in Society; Professor, English and School of Journalism and Communication, will talk about the blacklisting of women television writers during the anti-communist crusade at this CSWS “Road Scholars” presentation.

Pondering the Bigelow Nomination in Larger Context

The Huffington Post
Melissa Silverstein • February 8, 2010

Controversy Over Super Bowl Ad

Fox News, Special Report with Bret Baier

She’-e-os: Gender Effects and Investor Reactions to the Announcements of Top Executive Appointments

This study explores the relationship between announcements of CEO appointments and investor reactions, and particularly the influence of CEO gender on that relationship. The most striking finding are that the stock in a company drops after the announcement of a female CEO, and that journalists reference gender more when writing about women executives than they writing about men.
 

URL: 
http://erikahayesjames.com/2009/04/she%E2%80%99-e-os-gender-effects-and-investor-reactions-to-the-announcements-of-top-executive-appointments/

Tell Me PSA - School

The award winning Girls Inc. "Tell Me" PSAs feature girls telling adults what positive messages they need to hear.  

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Muslims Join U.S. Girl Scouts

 

"It appears as though the U.S. might live up to its 'melting pot' moniker, as many Muslim girls have joined the American Girl Scouts. Priya David reports from Minnesota." 
 
- From CBS
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Pink Magazine: Where career women connect, express, learn and support one another

Throughout your life pink has been symbolic. Since the day you were born and a pink cap was placed upon your head, the color partly defined who you were and who you felt you could or could not become. At times pink was confining, girlish, degrading, liberating or all of these.

But today a growing number of women who are at, or heading for the top, are comfortable with their own pinkness-the color, the attitude, and the opportunity it represents. They are embracing their femininity along with their strength, their compassion and resilience, power and passion.
 

URL: 
http://www.pinkmagazine.com/index.html

Women as an economic opportunity

This article focuses on the banking and financial sector to demonstrate that even the most damaged sectors, in the current downturn can release significant sales and marketing value by crafting a more effective approach towards women.
 

URL: 
http://www.20-first.com/624-0-women-as-an-economic-opportunity.html
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