WiN – Women in the NUJ
NUJ women make up more than 40 per cent of the union's total membership, but they are still under-represented in union affairs. We want more women to get active in the NUJ and take part in our campaigns against discrimination at work and in wider society.
The NUJ has expertise, information and support to offer its members. The union can help take action against sexism, discrimination and harassment.
The union campaigns against sexism in the media industry and can help enforce existing employment rights on flexible working, equal pay and maternity.
The union can also give advice on safety and offer training.
Every year the union celebrates the life and work of pioneering radical journalist and NUJ member, Claudia Jones, with a memorial lecture in her honour.
A survey by the International Federation of Journalists (PDF) in 2012 shows women make up more than a third of journalists and their unions' leaders.
International Women's Day
International Women's Day (IWD) has been an important date in the NUJ's calendar of celebrations for many years now. That's as it should be, because our union has a proud tradition of women journalists who advanced the rights and careers of colleagues, particularly in an environment which was often decidedly hostile to the very notion of women having real careers.
The NUJ can be proud that it was an early adopter of the then radical belief that women and men deserved the same pay and conditions for doing the same work. Thanks to the insistence of women journalists in London, the newspaper publishers agreed in principle to equal pay in 1918.
However, as women in the NUJ know only too well, while equal pay in journalism has been taken for granted for most of the past century, real equality requires a lot more than this. Opportunities for training and career advancement, fair policies which respect the needs of family and personal life and other issues still need tackling and all chapels and members must be ever-vigilant if we are to close the gender pay gap evident in our industry.
Help celebrate International Women's Day each March and organise your own branch or chapel activities and events. View listings for international women's day
• Very few media outlets apart from the UK public broadcasters (BBC and ITV) have diversity monitoring information – this should include data to measure diversity of employment and examine potential discriminatory patterns in relation to gender, age, ethnicity, sexuality and disability status in terms of jobs, pay and status in the media industry.
• The NUJ is particularly concerned about the effect of bullying combined with sexism and harassment in the media. The The Leveson inquiry evidence and the BBC's Respect at Work (Dinah Rose) review illustrate some of our concerns. The union is working with the Federation of Entertainment Unions on a joint campaign called Creating without Conflict.
• Women tend to be stereotyped in employment and in portrayal. There has been much work done by reporters, academics and non-governmental organisations to highlight the manifestations of sexism in the media.
• The portrayal of rape and violence against women is problematic and the union has published guidance for members.
• The NUJ believes that general portrayals of women in the media can encourage the objectification of women in society.