Women in Media Industries in Europe: What's Wrong with this Picture?

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Ross, Karen (2014)

Over the past 40 years or so, the large volume of work on gender and media has mostly focused on women’s representation and there is a complementary and growing literature which considers women’s employment in media, mostly news, industries. However, there is very little work which has explored the extent to which women have achieved the top jobs in the sector. When the Presidency of the Council of Europe moved to Ireland in January 2012, they chose to focus on Area J of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA, women and media) and worked with the European Institute for Gender Equality in scoping out a set of research projects to be commissioned. This short paper draws from one of those studies which aimed to explore the extent to which women are employed in decision-making positions in large-scale media organisations across Europe, including on boards and what kinds of gender-equality and/or women-focused policies are in place in those organisations. Once the resulting data had been analysed, the project intended to develop a set of indicators which could be adopted by the Council of the European Union – see later.
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    1 The data and information use/presented were collected in 2012/2013 as part of the Study on Area J of the Beijing Platform for Action: Women and the Media in the European Union carried out for the European Institute for Gender Equality under contract EIGE/2012/OPER/07. The views presented here are those of the authors and they do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of the European Institute for Gender Equality. The indicators derived from the study aim to benchmark organisational commitment to gender equality by testing them against three criteria: the number of women in senior management positions, including as CEO, Head of Directorate and Department; the number of women on boards; and the number, range and scope of their gender equality policies, including systems for monitoring and acting upon gender inequalities in the workplace

    2 There are 39 public sector organisations here because some countries disaggregate TV from radio and also because Belgium has two public sector organisations who broadcast in French and Flemish respectively.

    3 http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/en/lsa/137546.pdf

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