Divided 2015: The media gender gap

Chart of the Day: Women created 37 percent of the news last year

chart of gender gap in bylines at top newspapersThe Women’s Media Center is out with their latest report on the gender gap in media — from the newsroom to the big screen. 

Overall, there’s been little progress since last year when I highlighted several charts from the report illustrating how dominated by white men the media landscape is. Yet again the report provides a wealth of depressing factoids. Such as: Last year, only 37 percent of the news was generated by a woman. Just 12 percent of movie protagonists are women. There are 7 percent fewer women in sports journalism than last year.

Check out the rest of the infographic on the gap in the news media here and the read the full report — which covers everything from gaming to tech — here.

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Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like Cosmopolitan.com, TheAtlantic.com, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

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