Comment: Do women shy away from important positions in media?

Besha Rodell, a food editor, for the LAWeekly commented on the fact, that the Eater announced hiring three new restaurant critics, all male. She did some research and revealed the fact, that daily newspapers, alt-weeklies and city magazines of major American cities more likely employ male food editors. She remarked that,” If anything, it appears the trend is moving away from female critics. (…) There are far fewer (women) who came into this profession in the last 10 years.” 

 However this is not a special phenomenon of the food departments. The just recently published annually study by the Women’s Media Center about women in U.S. media examined  that women are more frequently reporting on health, entertainment, lifestyle and culture, whereas men are more often reporting on world politics, business and economics.

 The questions Rodell affiliates out of her assumptions about the representation of women in food critic are:” Does society not want to give women positions of power? Or do women shy away from taking them?”

 Please read the full article of Besha Rodell here and respond.

The key-findings of the survey are accessible here.

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Advancing gender equality in media

In my opinion, the most effective strategy to achieve gender-sensitive media is:

Increased gender-awareness training of media professionals
Greater action by audiences to hold their media accountable
Stricter enforcement of gender-focussed media codes and policies
More female journalists, editors and media house managers

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