An MIT grad student helped Adrienne LaFrance analyze gender bias in her reported stories. She found that in one year she’d mentioned “1,566 men and 509 women” and that “52 of my 136 articles quote no women at all.”
Here’s that question again: “Is it your job to merely reflect what’s out there, or do you have other reasons to write in a more representative fashion?”
Doggedness is in any good journalist’s DNA. If we aren’t finding great women sources, at least part of the problem is that we aren’t trying hard enough.
So how can we try harder? Here are some easy first steps journalists can take: Ask existing sources about smart women they know in their field, pitch more stories that focus on women, and think critically about depictions of women in your own work and the work of others.
Adrienne LaFrance, Medium