Gender representation in media has always been a talking point, particularly for feminists, many of which argue that women are unfairly represented, or not taken seriously enough in the media.
If you need a little proof, you’ll find a multitude of different “[Insert Public Figure] Shuts down interviewer” articles, which detail very clearly incidents of sexism in popular, mainstream media. Here’s a nice article that collates twelve examples that I found just for you!
Something to look at here however is the news media organisations and interviewers who are actually asking the questions. Are there actually enough women in news media, and are they getting the same sort of recognition for their work that men do? While researching this I found a very robust discussion of the issue from New Matilda’s Wendy Bacon.
Turns out a few years back, women cleaned up at the Walkely’s, which are awards for quality journalism in Australia. You would think that this kind of recognition would be a clear step in the right direction, and in a way it is. However, as Bacon points out, discrimination is still rife, even if unintended. She points out a headline from ‘The Conversation’ labelling the awards as a ‘Ladies Night’, and rightly asks if this sort of differentiation would be made if men had taken out the awards that night. I think you and I both know the answer to that one…
Internationally, women in the media area a tad more spread out, but luckly there are a few like Rima Karaki, who are making a stand and making their presence known. Karaki became an international name in march this year, when she took a Sheikh to task after he told her to shut up. (Video and article here)
Personally though, if I think of Australian newsreaders, a whole lot of them are Female. The lead news anchors for 7 News, Ten News and the ABC News for Sydney/NSW are Female, and most television news programs have at least one woman between news, sport and weather. Never the less, there is room for improvement.