The ladies of America are not leaning in, at least not in media.
There are few bright spots for female representation in the latest survey by the Women’s Media Center, a report that compiles findings from various studies. In virtually every field of media, from film directors to journalists, women are not represented nearly as often as men. Even Angelina Jolie, Hollywood’s highest-paid female actor, got paid about the same amount as some of the lowest-paid male stars.
Women also don’t serve as sources for news stories as often as men do. During a two-month window, men were quoted 3.4 times more often than women in New York Times front-page stories, according to a University of Nevada (Las Vegas) analysis. Female reporters quoted male sources more often as well, but the disparity was smaller.
Then there are the Sunday political talk shows. Most of their guests are still white and male. The American University Women and Politics Institute found that nearly three-fourths of the talk-show guests are men. Even though a record number of women are serving in Congress, they still make up only 18.5 percent of the two chambers. So some of the lack of gender diversity on screen has to do with the fact that white men have disproportionately been elected to office.
“The average person flipping through the channels on Sunday morning will be left with the quite accurate impression that politics is an area dominated by men’s voices,” the institute’s director, Jennifer Lawless, told WMC.
That’s bad news for people invested in politics, regardless of party. Women make up more than half of the American population, and since the 1980s, female voter turnout is higher than male turnout. The arena of politics may be dominated by men’s voices, but women are the ones more likely to cast ballots.
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With three days until the first debate, the polls are coming fast and furious. The latest round:
- An Associated Press/Gfk poll of registered voters found very few voters committed, with Clinton leading Trump, 37% to 29%, and Gary Johnson at 7%.
- A McClatchy-Marist poll gave Clinton a six-point edge, 45% to 39%, in a four-way ballot test. Johnson pulls 10% support, with Jill Stein at 4%.
- Rasmussen, which has drawn criticism for continually showing Donald Trump doing much better than he does in other polls, is at it again. A new survey gives Trump a five-point lead, 44%-39%.
In contrast to Hillary Clinton's meticulous debate practice sessions, Donald Trump "is largely shunning traditional debate preparations, but has been watching video of…Clinton’s best and worst debate moments, looking for her vulnerabilities.” Trump “has paid only cursory attention to briefing materials. He has refused to use lecterns in mock debate sessions despite the urging of his advisers. He prefers spitballing ideas with his team rather than honing them into crisp, two-minute answers.”
Donald Trump "is on the precipice of becoming the only major-party presidential candidate this century not to reach out to millions of American voters whose dominant, first or just preferred language is Spanish. Trump has not only failed to buy any Spanish-language television or radio ads, he so far has avoided even offering a translation of his website into Spanish, breaking with two decades of bipartisan tradition."
Bill and Hillary Clinton have purchased the home next door to their primary residence in tony Chappaqua, New York, for $1.16 million. "By purchasing the new home, the Clinton's now own the entire cul-de-sac at the end of the road in the leafy New York suburb. The purchase makes it easier for the United States Secret Service to protect the former president and possible future commander in chief."