Turning up the volume on women’s voices in the media

    By: Asha Smith on Feb 04, 2019

    Elizabeth Lampert writes in The Recorder, "Women represent a little more than half the global population. There are a lot of clever women in this world, particularly in the legal industry, where in 2016, for the first time, the number of female enrollees surpassed male enrollees at U.S. law schools.

    If the scales are slightly tilted toward women, then why is it that women are significantly underrepresented when it comes to quotes in the media where third-party sources are quoted to assist people in understanding complex issues?

    Obviously, underrepresentation isn’t a new problem. Journalists are aware of it given the attention it has been getting of late. To everyone’s credit, over the past several years, many high-profile journalists have shown great insight and have thoughtfully examined, even criticized their own coverage. For example, The Atlantic’s Ed Yong, a science reporter, spent two years trying to correct gender bias in his stories. Moreover, in another herculean effort, The New York Times’s David Leonhardt found that he, too, was over-reliant on men as expert sources. Also making waves on this front in an effort to balance the scales, Bloomberg’s New Voices initiative aimed at building a database of female newsmakers in business and finance that would build fairness and balance in coverage." READ MORE>>

    Released: February 4, 2019, 10:15 am
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