4th Estate Infographic: Women’s voices aren’t heard in media election coverage

Women in the media info graphic from 4thEstate.net

Women in the media info graphic from 4thEstate.net

Silenced: Gender Gap in Election Coverage

Women are significantly under-represented in 2012 election coverage in major media outlets. In our analysis of news stories and transcripts from the past 6 months, men are much more likely to be quoted on their subjective insight in newspapers and on television. This pattern holds true across all major news outlets, as well as on issues specifically concerning women. For example, in front page articles about the 2012 election that mention abortion or birth control, men are 4 to 7 times more likely to be cited than women. This gender gap undermines the media’s credibility.

About this data

The 4th Estate collects data from a sampling of news stories from US national print outlets, TV broadcast and radio transcripts covering the 2012 election. These stories are contextually analyzed and broken down by topic, sentiment and newsmaker. The data for this graphic includes quotes and statements from newsmakers who provide subjective insight. Statements from candidates are not counted. The 4th Estate’s sister company, Global News Intelligence, provides similar proprietary services for government and Fortune 500 companies.

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  • John Fairbanks

    Few women. Few people of color. Nobody from labor. Next-to-nobody from the left. Think there’s any connection between this and the general (in)balance of power in our nation?

  • Peggy Luhrs

    Clearly US men are very insecure, too scared to even let women speak about issues about their bodies and lives. I guess there is an inversive ratio between size of the military and wienieness in the male population. The bigger the military…

    I’d feel sorry for them but capitalist patriarchy is destroying the earth.

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