In October, England’s Women in Journalism surveyed 28 national newspapers for a study on the gender makeup of their newsrooms. Called A Gendered Press, the full report will be released on March 8 to celebrate International Women’s Day.
The gender imbalance we have uncovered is shocking and it seems old attitudes are still alive and well in many places. We hope this research contributes to the debate on the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day and helps to build a fairer, more meritocratic press.
Sarah Marshall of Journalism.co.uk has an interesting article on why this imbalance might be so. “If equal numbers of men and women are training as journalists,” she writes, “why are fewer women making it to the national newsrooms?”
Aside: Remember that Lady Journos tumble. Be sure to follow.