Women in the Media
IWMF programs are designed to move women into key positions in the news media by providing them with the information, skills and connections they need to succeed. The IWMF's groundbreaking projects, innovative research and support of women in the media help women develop their talents and advance in the profession. IWMF programs have been held in 22 countries and on the Internet have reached more than 3,500 women in the media world wide.
WIMN works to increase women's presence in the public debate, emphasizing those who are least often heard, including women of color, low-income women, lesbians, youth and older women. WIMN analyzes representations of women in media; trains women's and social justice groups to hold media outlets accountable to the public interest; advocates for policy reform and structural change; and works with journalists to broaden the quantity and diversity of women's voices appearing in the media. WIMN promotes equity for women as subjects, sources and producers because accurate, diverse news and entertainment media are essential to a vibrant democracy and an informed public.
During the 2005-2006 prime-time television season:
*Females accounted for 40% and males 60% of all characters. (Last season: 39% and 61%, respectively.)
*Overall, female characters were younger than males.
*Females in prime-time are overwhelmingly white (Professor Martha Lauzen, San Diego State University, 2006)
***To find out more interesting statistics about women in the media visit Media Report to Women***