Women collectively were outnumbered by men—whether as paid full-time, freelance writers, online, in print or on air—or as citizen journalists or as non-paid commentators. Statistics have shown that female journalists most often reported on life- style, culture, and health than politics, criminal justice, or technology. Males are 63.4% of the overall gender gap, while women are at 36.1%.
“There are, most certainly, a handful of notable exceptions to the trend of men dominating media and it is important to note that a woman in the anchor seat is more than a symbol; she sends a message to viewers that women can lead a network broadcast—and that matters,” said Julie Burton, president of the Women’s Media Center.
PBS “NewsHour,” ABC World News has a woman, Diane Sawyer, as a primary anchor. 93 percent of news stories at PBS and 58 percent of news stories at ABC are reported by female anchors. NBC Nightly News and CBS Evening News feature men as primary anchors. 7 percent of news stories at NBC and 5 percent of news stories at CBS are reported by female anchors.
In print journalism, researchers found that The New York Times had fewer female by- lines than any among the nation’s 10 largest newspapers. Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson has publicly acknowledged the need for more female staffers and pledged to make that happen. The divided gender inequality among journalists is evident across all media outlets and all issues. Men receive 63% of byline credits in print, Internet, and wire news. Why aren’t women ever good enough for the society.
From the Columbia Journalism Review, the increasing prominence of women’s sports and female sports fans, sports editors are 90-percent mate, and 90-percent white. More than 150 sports newspapers and websites received an F grade for their hiring practices among women, failing to hire enough women as editors, columnists, copy editors, and designers. Indeed, women made up only 14.6 percent of total staff at these outlets.
The Alliance of Women in the Media, also known as AWM has a mission of advances for the influence and impact of women in all forms of media. It is a diverse community, whether it is a type of media, job or global location that facilitates industry wide collaboration, education and innovation.
AWM representation shows that women can change the aspect of the way we see the media. Women do have an impact on our media not whether it is unrecognized or not. They are summed as unrepresented equally, especially in the film industry.
Debra Zimmerman, executive director of Women Make Movies, she believes that many experimental and cutting edge film makers are dismissed by the film critics, who don’t seem to understand what the filmmakers are trying do. ” I think that’s the biggest problem that women film and video makers have right now: When they go through all the struggle to make films that really represent their vision, they are not received by the general public.
In today’s media jungle, you can’t afford not to change.