As part of the first International Women’s Day Broadcast on March 8th, 2013, PeaceDay.tv presents the round-table discussion: Women in Media: Our Voice, Our Vision. Join us for this special program and launch of a series of interactive public discussions.
For over a decade women have outnumbered men by two or three to one among journalism and mass communication graduates. Despite this large qualified female workforce, media institutions are still largely dominated by men.
In the U.S., women hold less than a fourth of top-level jobs in the media industry; in Hollywood, only 15 percent of working writers on primetime programs are women, and only 5 percent are directors. Women make up only 10 to 20 percent of contributors to high-profile opinion forums, like op-ed pages.
These low numbers translate to less diversity of perspective and experience. But as women achieve equal representation, we hope to see more honest, inspiring, and sensitive depictions of women’s lives.
Media influence is one of the most powerful economic and cultural forces today. By deciding who gets to talk, what shapes the debate, who writes, and what is important enough to report, media shape our understanding of who we are and what we can be.
Media images can confirm or change stereotypes. From the explosion of “princess culture” among little girls, to ongoing debates over size-ism in Hollywood and fashion, to news outlets that Photoshop women out of media entirely—it is important to bring a discerning eye to the ways girls and women are portrayed and perceived. Consider that hypersexualization in media, which is steadily on the rise, is linked with eating disorders, low self-esteem, and depression, three of the most common mental-health problems affecting women.
Can the public's consumptive media preferences be brought into balance?
What stories can be told to portray gender roles in ways that result in equality and respect?
Join us for a discussion of women in media, celebrate where we've come, and help guide the way for where we are going.