The Problem

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

  • 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 percent of those interviewed and 29 percent of roundtable guests.
     
  • Talk radio and sports talk radio hosts are overwhelmingly male.
     
  • As newspaper employment continues to tumble, so does the number of women in key jobs.
     
  • Newer, online-only news sites have fallen into the same rut as legacy media. Male bylines outnumbered female bylines at four of six sites reviewed.
     
  • The percentage of women who are television news directors edged up, reaching 30 percent for the first time. Overall employment of women in TV news remains flat.
     
  • Obituaries about men far outnumber those of women in top national and regional newspapers.
     
  • Women comprised just 9 percent of the directors of the top 250 domestic grossing films of 2013.
     
  • Women comprised 39 percent of documentary directors whose work appeared at major festivals in 2012-13.
     
  • Across all behind-the-camera positions, females were most likely to be producers. However, as the prestige of the producing post increased, the percentage of female participation decreased.
     
  • Forty-seven percent of gamers are women, but 88 percent of video games developers are male

Click here to download: The Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2014

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The Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2013

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