Project Section: Media
The subject of women in media is an enormous one, and there are many excellent organizations devoted to it full-time. We don’t intend to duplicate their efforts! Our Media project is intended as an umbrella for any ad hoc actions or educational campaigns we may undertake.
There’s certainly plenty of gender bias to go around:
- Only four women have been selected as TIME magazine’s “Man of the Year” since 1927, and only one of those four was an American woman. TIME changed the title from “Man of the Year” to “Person of the Year” in 1999, but hasn’t selected a woman since the politically correct title change.
- Male guests on the Sunday morning political talk shows outnumber female guests four to one.
- Network news programs feature women as expert commentators in their fields only 13% of the time; male experts are featured 87% of the time.
- In movies aimed at families and children, boys are a majority of the main characters and narrators.
- According to the Screen Actors Guild, men have twice as many onscreen speaking roles as women.
- A 2001 study of video games showed that females account for only 16% of the characters, and protagonists are most often male.
- On average, less than 10% of TV sports coverage is devoted to female athletes.
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