Who are we? What shapes the perception of ourselves, our community, and our world? What truly forms this understanding and furthermore, what we can be? The Women’s Media Center asserts that the media plays a pivotal role in this awareness and consciousness. And there is a problem that lies within the media that the Women’s Media Center pushes to expose and remedy – where are all the women?
The under representation of women in the media has been an issue since the communication bridges were realized. That is not to say women haven’t made great strides in the media over the past several decades. But in 2013 there is still a large gap that needs to be closed. The Women’s Media Center released its annual Status of Women in the U.S. Media and in the report there are some shocking statistics. Here are just a few:
- 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% of those interviewed and 29% of roundtable guests.
- Talk radio and sports talk radio hosts are overwhelmingly male.
- The percentage of women who are television news directors edged up, reaching 30% for the first time. Overall employment of women in TV news remains flat.
- Women comprised just 9% of the directors of the top 250 domestic grossing films of 2012.
The Women’s Media Center, founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem, has the solutions to closing that gap. First, the center provides media training services to women. Second, it produces original content that feature and amplify the voices women. And thirdly, the center monitors and exposes sexism within the media.
Annually the Women’s Media Center holds the Women’s Media Awards. The awards program honors those women who have made an impact for women in the media. This year’s honorees included Christiane Amanpour, Sheila C. Johnson, Maria Teresa Kumar, and Mary Thom. PressRoomVIP was invited to help showcase these game changers and their outstanding achievements.
When asked about being honored by her peers at the evening’s event Amanpour said proudly, “It feels great!” Amanpour continued to explain that this event and cause “is not about gender domination. It’s about parity, justice, equality, fairness, and about how every single institution…is healthier when there is parity between men and women.”
The evening was a true success. PressRoomVIP was honored to be able to be a part of it and is thrilled to be able to share it with viewers.
Who are we? What shapes the perceptions of ourselves, our community, and our world? What truly forms this understanding and furthermore, what we can be? The Women’s Media Center asserts that the media plays a pivotal role in this awareness and consciousness. And there is a problem that lies within the media that the Women’s Media Center pushes to expose and remedy, where are all the women?