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Women and Medias today

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What do we mean by « Medias »? 

The medias are communication tools that reach and influence the public on a large scale. They are traditionally associated with radio, TV, press, cinema.

Working in medias means taking part in the transmission of information. Whether it is during the creation of the information, its writing, its development or its broadcasting, the activities are diverse. The members of our association represent this diversity.


Some relevant figures

  • Within the four main daily French newspapers (Le Monde, Le Parisien, Libération, Le Figaro), only 14.2% of their front pages mention a woman. In the inside pages, 78.4% of the quoted personalities are men. (Source:
  • On average, women sign only 12.5% of articles valuing ideas and opinions (opinion pages, columns, editorials). Articles signed by women are also less highlighted: the front pages of the main daily newspapers present mostly articles written by men. (Source:
  • Women’s speaking time on TV is clearly lower than men’s one and represents only 30% of overall speaking time. Likewise the number of times a woman speaks represents only 33% of speaking opportunities. (Source: CSA)
  • 42% of women who speak on TV have a status of manager, while 55% of men have this status. It means that women are less valued than men even if they have the same status. (Source: CSA).
  • Only 8% of the managers from the 100 biggest cultural companies in France are women. Likewise, women occupy only 31% of executive positions in public cultural establishments committees. (Source: Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, 1st of January 2015).

Women in Media associations in the world

Several overseas associations have already enabled progress in terms of gender equality in the medias. Here are some examples:

  • The Women’s Media Center (United States) –
    Created in 2005 by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem, the WMC aims to increase the visibility and chances of success of women in medias, through the publication of articles, the creation of expression platforms, the production of TV and radio programs, and the organization of conferences.
  • The International Women’s Media Foundation (United States) –
    Created in 1990 by a group of women journalist, this organization aims to strengthen the role of women journalist in the world.
  • Women in Film and Television International (United States) –
    WFTVI is a worldwide network counting 10 000 members who wish to increase women’s chances of professional success working especially in cinema or television. Some events are organized all year round by regional antennas, such has WFTV UK, WFTV New Zealand, WFTV India…
  • Women Executives in Media (Switzerland) –
    Created in 2013 by the European Broadcasting Union, this network encourages the exchanges between the professional women of medias. During the annual forum, media company directors of various countries meet, exchange, and launch concrete actions of collaboration between women.
  • WFTV Women in Film and Television (UK) –
    In 1989, a group of women came together for the first official WFTV (UK) meeting. They were a mix of business executives, creatives and performers, including Linda La Plante, Dawn French, and Janet Street Porter. These were successful women who were fed up with the still male-dominated industry which demanded they be engaged in a constant struggle to be heard and respected.