Written by: Kayla Lake ( @ka_aay )
Edited by: Brittany Cooper ( @bee_michle)
Women in media are still working to break down barriers to do what they love. My message to any woman working in media, or aspiring to work in media, is to have an optimistic view and continue to work hard. Women should feel proud to work in the media industry and continue speaking out against sexual harassment, sexism and male chauvinism.
Sexism has always played a role in the media industry, but women in sports journalism were among the first to speak out against it. Athletes in locker rooms were allowed to make sexual gestures and comments toward female reporters in the 1970s and 80’s, and the networks and sports teams didn’t have any regulations in place to protect female reporters.
Women in media are placed under scrutiny for their physical appearance and their opinions.
The President of The United States has recently placed scrutiny on women in the media industry. In a tweet, President Trump attacked MSNBC journalist Mika Brzezinski. President Trump tweeted, “Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika … insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!” The tweet shows sexism and scrutiny placed on women in media for expressing their intellectual thoughts. The tweet also shows how men are allowed to attack women for challenging their opinions. Brzezinski is called out for having a low I.Q. because she voiced her opinion against President Trump. This is also an example of how women are judged on their appearance instead of the quality of their work in media.
Women have also had to overcome sexual harassment by their male counterparts in the industry. In 2017 and 2018, some of the biggest males in the media industry were fired and reported for their roles in employee sexual harassment cases. Two of the biggest names are Matt Lauer, the former co-host from Today, and Charlie Rose, a former CBS news anchor. This sparked the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, which have gone on to empower women to share their experiences.
The media industry needs strong women to continue to shatter the glass ceiling and end what has become routine behavior. Women do amazing things every day, and by continuing to work hard and fight for what’s right, we have the power to change the world for the better.
Written by : @ka_aay
Edited by: @bee_michele