Communications, Media & Gender

Mainstream media and the communications sector are still largely male-dominated in management, ownership and representation. Women hold only 3 percent of leadership positions in the sector. And despite the parity of female and male graduates from journalism schools in the U.S., women reporters on average make $9,000 less per year than their male cohorts. New media and the internet are offering new opportunities for women’s involvement, with an estimated 7.3 million more women online than men and 23 million women who use blogs, including the emerging “momosphere,” or moms who blog. A vibrant feminist media is building alliances to combat sexism and amplify voices and critical viewpoints. Initiatives from our network, such as SheSource and the Women’s Media Center, are aiming to address the absence of women as experts and opinion leaders in the public sphere.

Feminist Press Gala Photo Opp!

October 28, 2008. Posted by Vivienne Heston-Demirel Last night, a number of Council staff members attended the Feminist Press 38th Anniversary Gala Awards Dinner, where Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton presented an award to CUNY Vice Chancellor Iris Weinshall.  Other special guests included NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Senator Charles E. Schumer, and Barbara Walters, and a wonderful line-up of awardees, including Jennifer Allyn of PricewaterhouseCoopers and actress Kathleen Chalfant. Photo cred: A. Greenblatt


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