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Newsweek: “If It’s Sunday, It’s More Men in Dark Suits”

June 14, 2010

Jessica Bennett in Newsweek

Politico tackles Sunday talk shows’ gender disparity—and a big media FAIL to us all.

Politico’s got a good roundup today of the lack of women on the Sunday talk-show circuit, based on new data from American University showing that women lawmakers made up just 13.4 percent of congressional appearances this year.

Thus far this year, the five major Sunday shows—including NBC’s “Meet the Press,” “Fox News Sunday,” CBS’s “Face the Nation,” ABC’s “This Week” and CNN’s “State of the Union”—have had 148 appearances by congressional lawmakers. Of those, 128 were men and 20 were women.


SOURCES OVERALL: If you think the problem is limited to these pubs, think again: a recent report from the Global Media Monitoring Project found that worldwide, women make up only 24 percent of the people “interviewed, heard, seen or read about in mainstream broadcast and print news.” A 2005 study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism revealed that only 30 percent of news stories included even a single female source. (Ed's Note: For the record, SheSource--a database of 500-plus women experts on virtually every topic, maintained by the Women's Media Center--is a great resource for combating this reality. Check it out.)

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