The Mad Majority: How the Media Stops Women From Being Heard

From Huffington Post:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/barbara-hannah-grufferman/war-on-women_b_1569251.html


06/04/2012

It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.
– Madeleine Albright

According to 4thEstate.net, which collects and analyzes data from a sampling of news stories from U.S. national print outlets, TV broadcast and radio transcripts covering the 2012 election, a gender gap exists in U.S. media, and its excruciatingly wide. In print, radio and television media, female newsmakers are dramatically under-represented. Male newsmakers make up around 70% of the statements in all three categories and females hover in the 20% range.

This is outrageous.

A recent report showed that men are quoted and cited as experts much more often than women in the general media, even when the issues being discussed are specific to women. The analysis stated:

Women are significantly under-represented in 2012 election coverage in major media outlets. In our analysis of news stories and transcripts from the past 6 months, men are much more likely to be quoted on their subjective insight in newspapers and on television. This pattern holds true across all major news outlets, as well as on issues specifically concerning women. For example, in front page articles about the 2012 election that mention abortion or birth control, men are 4 to 7 times more likely to be cited than women. This gender gap undermines the media’s credibility.

How can we believe what the media is telling us if we’re not getting the full story and if we consistently ignore the voice of more than half this country?

Over a year ago, I wrote “From Anger to Action: Why Women Must Get Mad,” in which I pleaded with those who are sick, tired and frightened of the daily abuses of women and girls in this country, lack of jobs, pay inequity, toxic air, water and food, cuts in education and health care, wars that never seem to end — and so much more — to band together, stand up and say “enough is enough.”

Continue reading at:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/barbara-hannah-grufferman/war-on-women_b_1569251.html

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