I came across the above study by FolioMag last week, but thought it would serve a greater purpose to share it with you all as we begin Women’s History Month. As you all know, I am a journalist. And as you all also (hopefully) know, I am a woman. It’s been a big couple weeks for women in media, and for all the wrong reasons.
I think it all started to go south when the Women’s Media Center released its annual report on women in U.S. media, which found that despite “new media” — this misleading implication that the Internet actually changed media — women are still not getting bylines. In other words, the work of female journalists isn’t getting published nearly as much as their male counterparts even though the platform for that work is larger than ever.
Then, there was this gem of a personal essay by Marin Cogan called “House of Cads,” in which she exposed the hypocrisy of sexual politics for female reporters in DC. It was beautiful, heartbreaking, and its sentiments were echoed perfectly by Ann Friedman and the woman behind “Said to Lady Journos.” If you haven’t stumbled upon that Tumblr yet, I urge you to do so now with the disclaimer that your blood will boil.
But back to mags.