[Author Ana] Homayoun called the lack of diversity “a day-to-day issue that people need to cognizant of. Women themselves are their best assets in terms of moving these forward. If we want voices to be heard in an equal way, what are the things that need to happen to change?” - in an article by
Perhaps one of my favorite “30 Rock” moments…
"News was never this gray, aging entity to me. It was more like young love, that reckless attraction that consumes you entirely, until one day – suddenly — you snap out of feeling enamored and realize you’ve got to detach. I left news, not because I didn’t love it enough, but because I loved it too much – and I knew it was going to ruin me." - Former reporter Allyson Bird describes why she left her newspaper job.
Bird’s story speaks to many people’s experiences with the news industry (mine included). But I believe her experience is especially common for women. A study I presented earlier this year noted that young women looking to go into journalism often describe it using similar love language. They “fell in love” with it, and it is, as she describes, all-consuming. Bird’s comment here speaks to what happens to that love over time.
Explore findings from The Gender Report’s six-month Byline Report project. This project examined the gender breakdown of bylines at six online news websites weekly based on the sites’ RSS feeds. Check it out here.
"The best way to break men’s false assumptions about how a woman will use a computer—in the developing world or the developed—is to give her one and see what she does with it." - Elizabeth Weingarten in an article about a new “Women and the Web" report released by the U.S. State Department, Intel and U.N. Women
They live in a world where becoming a leader anywhere—let alone in technology—is statistically far less likely than for a boy on the same block, in the same house. They live in a world where the chance of seeing a children’s TV character that is female and a scientist is far less likely than seeing one who is hypersexualized. A world where being bullied online for the way they look—being criticized for not fitting a false ideal of beauty—is the norm. And being praised for an interest in engineering or math is an exceedingly rare exception.” - Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Jean Kilbourne in the article for The Daily Beast following a sexist ad by a tech company.