By Erin Menardi
Looking around the classrooms of the SJMC at Drake University, you would think that women in the professional journalism circuit are just as common as the air we breathe. In fact, in 2012, college students with journalism degrees were overwhelmingly female. But sadly, there is still a noticeably large gap in the number of women represented in journalism positions compared to their male counterparts. In April of this year, a study found that men still retain 63% of the bylines held by major news corporations in America across nearly all media platforms. In a day and age where gender equality and opportunity is at the forefront of many issues, women still are receiving less than their share of the spotlight.
Many women are still stuck writing “pink topics”: family, food, furniture and fashion. Is it simply because no one else volunteers to cover such topics, or is there still a standing sexism that delegates women to be the ones to write about the more domestic stories?
While there are no real solutions to this issue, its recognition has spurred reaction from several companies and news networks across the country. Employers are beginning to see the need to hire more females to their staff, and while the battle for equal representation still has much progress to make, support for feminists movements have brought it to light.
So what do you think? For a field that is involved in the coverage of progressive thinking and liberal issues, why has authority remained in the hands of men for so long? How can women finally be given equal representation in the media?