May 24, 2005 – Even though women represent 52 percent of the US population, a report released Monday reveals that news outlets still favors the perspective of men while ignoring to a great degree the viewpoints of women.
Over a nine-month period, the Project for Excellence in Journalism studied thousands of news stories from print newspapers, Internet news websites, network newscasts, network morning news programs and cable news programs.
Researchers found that the percentage of stories in which at least one female was referred to varied from 17 percent on the PBS NewsHour to 41 percent in print newspapers.
The only subject area where women were cited as sources more than half of the time were lifestyle stories concerning such topics as children, celebrities and homemaking. In contrast, women were least likely to be cited in stories having to do with foreign affairs.