NUJ event at TUC Women’s Conference
The meeting is on Wednesday 14 March at 7pm at TUC Congress House, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B.
Where are all the Women? Sexism in the media industry - organising the fightback.
Sexism still flourishes in the media industry. Women journalists are still losing their jobs when they become pregnant or find themselves side-lined when they need flexible working to cover childcare. Women are still discriminated against when promotions to editorial roles are considered. Older women broadcasters find themselves pressurised to consider plastic surgery or moved off screen to enable programme ‘revitalisation’ and Black women are still a minority in the written media and in broadcasting. There is still a Page 3 girl and women politicians are still discussed according to what they look like rather than what they say. Young women’s magazines emphasise fashion consumerism and how to get a boyfriend. The list goes on and on.
Speakers include -
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ General Secretary
Lisa Campbell, Editor, Broadcast magazine
Helen Lewis, Assistant Editor and columnist at the New Statesman
Jess Hurd, Photographer
Lynda Rooke, Chair, Equity Women’s Committee
Alison Clarke, Women’s Views on News
Lis Howell, Head of Broadcast journalism, City University
Alex Klaushofer, New Model Journalism
Maureen Paton, Women in Journalism
Sue Ledwith, Labour Studies and Women's Studies academic
Helen Goodman MP
Its over three decades since second-wave feminism started to demand changes to women’s lives yet women still haven’t achieved equality in the media either as consumers or workers in the industry. Will the changing media mean more opportunities for women or an even smaller role in a shrinking industry? How can we challenge the prevailing media hegemony both in terms of jobs and ethics? Does the lack of women in the industry affect the way the media portrays women and perpetuate the way women are perceived? What are the opportunities available for trade unions to challenge sexism in the media industry?