Where are the women? 2012 election coverage edition

In case the latest moderately hopeful stats from the Op-Ed Project had you optimistic about the gender gap in media, here’s a maddening infographic to ruin your Friday. The 4th Estate, a project that’s tracking media coverage of the 2012 election, has broken down the gender gap when it comes to who’s been quoted in major media outlets over the last six months.

Across the board–even on issues specifically concerning women–men are doing the talking. I mean, it’s hard to think of a topic that (cis) men are less qualified to talk about than abortion. And yet! They had 81 percent of the quotes in articles about it, compared to just 12 percent by women. When it comes to “women’s rights,” we managed to snag 31 percent (versus mens’ 52 percent).

Fourth Estate infographic

The 4th Estate notes, in what I’d call a bit of an understatement, “This gender gap undermines the media’s credibility.” No shit. Click here for a larger version.

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Editorial.

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