International Women’s Day
In honor of International Women’s Day, I’d like to start with an International example of complete and utter bullshit.
Jenny Collier, a comedian in the UK received this email on IWD of all days. Blogger Red Mister delved a little deeper to find who was actually performing on the night in question– eight men and one woman. Apparently having two female comedians would break the space time continuum or whatever.
For every stride we make, the overwhelming majority of the world still clings to oppressive patriarchal prejudice. A recent comprehensive report on the Status of Women in the US Media 2013 highlights the actual statistics on the ‘progress’ we’ve made.
- By a nearly 3 to 1 margin, male front-page bylines at top newspapers outnumbered female bylines in coverage of the 2012 presidential election. Men were also far more likely to be quoted than women in newspapers, television and public radio.
- On Sunday TV talk shows, women comprised only 14 percent of those interviewed and 29 percent of roundtable guests.
- Talk radio and sports talk radio hosts are overwhelmingly male.
- As newspaper employment continues to tumble, so does the number of women in key jobs.
- Newer, online-only news sites have fallen into the same rut as legacy media. Male bylines outnumbered female bylines at four of six sites reviewed.
- The percentage of women who are television news directors edged up, reaching 30 percent for the first time. Overall employment of women in TV news remains flat.
- Obituaries about men far outnumber those of women in top national and regional newspapers.
- Women comprised just 9 percent of the directors of the top 250 domestic grossing films of 2013.
- Women comprised 39 percent of documentary directors whose work appeared at major festivals in 2012-13.
- Across all behind-the-camera positions, females were most likely to be producers. However, as the prestige of the producing post increased, the percentage of female participation decreased.
- Forty-seven percent of gamers are women, but 88 percent of video games developers are male
- Even in coverage of issues of great importance to women, men dominated the conversations.
In another grim prediction by University of Denver’s Women’s College, women are projected to reach equal footing in leadership with men… in the year 2085.
Clearly we still have a long way to go. Basically, it’ll be at least another 100 years before we see any real, concrete change in our culture. But, instead of being grim on this International Women’s Day, we just have to keep pushing for change. Call out the assholes who bump us for lacking Y chromosomes, and slowly but surely shifting those statistics so that the blue and pink columns are level.