A conference at the University of Calgary is calling on women to speak up and contribute to public discourse. Shari Graydon, the founder of advocacy group “Informed Opinions,” joined in studio to discuss the issue.
Last month, science writer Ed Yong announced in The Atlantic that he’d spent two years consciously trying to level the gender balance in his stories, ensuring the sources with whom he spoke represented the whole talent pool.
This week’s Conversation That Matters features Shari Graydon of Informed Opinions, which strives to amplify women’s voices to ensure women’s perspectives and priorities play an equal role in Canadian society.
While the number of women enrolled in higher education and hired as staff in universities is rising worldwide, the pace of this change and shift in attitude toward women leaders of universities is not happening quickly enough.
A cursory scan of Canadian daily newspapers will reveal some bleak statistics on gender parity today, as women’s perspectives—as both newsmakers and sources—make up only about 20 per cent of all voices being quoted or reported on.
Research shows that female academic experts are seriously under-represented in the media, and this means that readers often lack a broader perspective on an issue, says a former journalist who monitors and studies female representation in the media.