Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Women in the media (by Suzie)

       A new Web site called New Media Women Entrepreneurs rounds up a bunch of statistics, including: Although women have been the majority of college journalism majors since 1977, they still make up only a third of the full-time journalism workforce in the United States. That has not changed in more than 25 years. Women hold only 3 percent of the top positions. 
       Go to the site and read more of the statistics, which show women are under-represented throughout the media.
       Some people think we live in a postfeminist age, in which gender doesn't matter. It shouldn't matter if the media hires, retains and promotes people who just happen to be women. We know women can be ... well ... Charlotte Allens and Maureen Dowds.  
       Call me crazy, but I still think the media would be less sexist in its coverage if it was less sexist in employment.