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Vol. 43, No. 1, Winter 2015

Britain's House of Lords Finds BBC Discriminated Against Senior Women

A report released in January by Great Britain’s House of Lords faults the British Broadcasting Corporation for an informal policy of pushing older female employees out of positions and prohibiting their discussing it with wrongly used confidentiality agreements.

As bad as this is, the report also documented bullying and harassment, saying they were widespread throughout the BBC.

The result is low numbers of women in key positions, a status the Lords report said was “simply not good enough. ” The report also noted a segregation of journalistic opportunity, with women assigned to less prestigious beats and more soft features. Details are here:

Female Leads Lag in Top 100 Films

Females comprised just 12% of protagonists in the top 100 grossing films of 2014, according to the latest “It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World” report released by Dr. Martha Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. This represents a decline of 3 percentage points from 2013 and a decline of 4 percentage points from 2002.

Last year, females accounted for 29% of major characters, and 30% of all speaking characters. These figures represent no change from 2013.

Now You See Them, Now You Don’t; Newspaper Erases Female Leaders from Photo

Leaders from more than 40 nations and international organization marched in Paris January 11 to express support for France after the massacre of journalists and artists at Charlie Hebdo. HaMeveser (The Announcer), an ultra-Orthodox Jewish newspaper published in Israel, clumsily photoshopped four women out of the photo, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and two other prominent leaders. http://www.mediaite.com/online/ultra-orthodox-jewish-newspaper-edits-female-world-leaders-out-of-charlie-hebdo-march/

Numbers Don’t Lie: Fewer Female Voices in Media Has Broad Cultural Consequences

In a brilliant essay for The New York Times (“How to Get Women to Join the Debate,” Jan. 6), Oxford University Rhodes Scholar Emma Pierson, a statistician, offers observations refreshingly grounded in data (which are hard to argue with) about why women’s voices matter. Pierson studied more than one million reader comments on the NYT web site. Her analysis is here: http://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/06/how-to-get-more-women-to-join-the-debate/?_r=2

Research in Depth - Tokens in A Man’s World: Women in Creative Advertising Departments by Jean M. Grow, Marquette University, and Tao Deng, Michigan State University.

Research in Depth - The Gendered World of Work in TV Programming and the Media Industry by Sabrina K. Pasztor, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Commentary -- When Will Women Land the Big TV Gigs? by Sheila Gibbons, Editor, Media Report to Women

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