A History of Oppression: Women and their Lacking Presence in Journalism

Sophia Estes Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Paul Hanson Butler University
Like many other job fields, journalism has long been dominated by a male presence. Even before the field was formally established, a patriarchal society guaranteed men having overarching control of most institutions. However, as we move deeper into the twenty-first century, it becomes strikingly evident that women are needed in the field, and that they have been striving for a place since the very beginning. This research paper focuses on the barrier’s women have to endure in journalism, how these barriers have changed or remained the same over the years, and how their exclusion has a negative effect on society. I have chosen to center my research around a few key figures in this struggle against the “boys club” culture of the newsroom and journalism in general. These women and their stories offer a window into their more specific lives and hardships, but also a broader understanding of the obstacles that have been common for women in journalism throughout history. With an added analysis of journalism as a profession-and the principles it is meant to uphold-it is easy to see that by excluding women from the field, society is not being fully informed. By the conclusion of this research I hope to have added to the discussion on the absence of women in journalism, and comment on what lasting effects this absence could have on society.
Oral Presentation

When & Where

10:30 AM
Jordan Hall 203