Confirmed: women earn less than men in the media
Updated April 10, 2018 06:07 PM
There is no makeup that can hide the results of a new Florida International University survey. Women in the media earn less than men, occupy less management positions at higher levels and their careers are interrupted more frequently by their family obligations.
In the survey conducted by the Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication of FIU, 898 people participated, 747 of them women, mainly from Texas, California, Florida and New York. Most of the interviewees work in public relations and men in the press. Read report – 2018 Kopenhaver Center Report
Most of the men who answered the questionnaire occupy high positions of command and have a work experience of 26 to 40 years, while women are in intermediate managerial positions or basic level jobs, and have five to 25 years of experience. experience in his profession.
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Kopenhaver points out that one of the reasons that limits the advancement of women is that they tend to distance themselves during a season of their profession, taking leave or time to devote to the family.
It also considers that when the woman later arrives at journalism, a world traditionally dominated by men, it takes her more time to reach the directive positions. This process of promotion is occurring at this time in many newsrooms, although most companies are far from reaching parity.
Women in Communication: Moving Ahead was held on April 5 at FIU’s Biscayne campus.
Sharri Berg, Fox’s top executive, shared her experiences in one of the panels and said that she started in the chain as a salesperson and has made a career of three decades in the same company.
Kopenhaver noted that in many workplaces the culture of favoring men for management positions persists. The wage gap, especially in managerial positions, is notable to the detriment of women.
In the United States, a woman earns 82 cents for every dollar compared to her male counterpart in the same position. That difference will take several decades to be eliminated.
Cynthia Hudson, vice president and general manager of CNN en Español, was another of the panelists at Thursday’s conference at FIU.
“I had mentors and I also encountered obstacles,” Hudson told the Nuevo Herald, stating that women must struggle daily to improve their position in society.
However, she feels hopeful in the change because the #Metoo movement has managed to get the conversation back on track.
“In the first place, you have to demand the necessary respect to receive economic equity, take risks and be assertive,” Hudson advised.
“One must help women and anyone who has talent and is good, we must seek diversity of gender, of thought, of everything, only diversity helps you to be a better leader,” said Hudson.
For his part, Kopenhaver stressed that the majority “of the population of the United States are women, that is why it is so important to have equal representation in the media.”
Aida Levitan, a pioneer of Hispanic advertising in the United States as founder and owner of several agencies, acknowledged that the results of the survey do not surprise her.
“Women in all fields work very hard and we continue to earn less than men in the same positions,” said Levitan, who chairs the board of directors of US Century Bank.
“This will only end when women become more aware of their situation and support organizations that defend their rights to earn the same as men,” she said, indicating the importance of women coming to leadership positions supporting others.