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.

The Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2012

There is a crisis of representation in the media. We live in a racially and ethnically diverse nation that is 51% female, but the news media itself remains staggeringly limited to a single demographic.
The media is the single most powerful tool at our disposal; it has the power to educate, effect social change, and determine the political policies and elections that shape our lives. Our work in diversifying the media landscape is critical to the health of our culture and democracy.
 
Consider the Following Statistics
  • According to the Global Media Monitoring Project 2010, 24% of the people interviewed, heard, seen, or read about in mainstream broadcast and print news were female.  Only 13% of stories focused specifically on women and 6% on issues of gender equality or inequality.
    URL: 
    http://www.womensmediacenter.com/pages/the-problem

Remembering the Women During Black History Month

Selection of posts from the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation Young Women Misbehavin blog.

URL: 
http://youngwomenmisbehavin.com/category/black-history-month/

Athena Film Festival, Barnard College

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02/10/2012 - 02/12/2012

The 2nd Annual Athena Film Festival celebrating women's leadership will take place at Barnard February 10-12. For tickets or information, visit: www.athenafilmfestival.com.

2012 Films

We are proud to be featuring the following films at the 2012 Athena Film Festival

Features: Documentaries and Narratives

A Marine Story
Directed by Ned Farr
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, 12 Noon
Lehman Auditorium, 202 Altschul Hall
Info | Tickets

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