A Woman’s Place is in Journalism: An Analysis of What Shapes Female Media Representation
Women’s representation in the media has reached a standstill. However, there is little information about what shapes that phenomenon. This study explores the relationship between the percent of female reporters in 114 countries and baseline variables including population, GDP, press freedom and political stability, as well as women’s related variables such as women’s educational attainment, women’s economic rights, women’s political rights and women’s labor force participation. While many of these variables did not achieve statistical significance, two did: women’s educational attainment and political stability. The educational attainment of women, and to a lesser extent political stability, are key predictors of the percent of female reporters. In the absence of equal representation, the media cannot tell the whole story.
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