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Why WAM!?

Why do we WAM!? Because power and privilege is about who gets to speak and who is listened to. Most of the time, it’s not women, people of color, people with disabilities, people from the LGBQT communities and people living in poverty.

Here are just a few numbers we’re out to change:

- The 2011 Global Report on the Status of Women in News Media, in a Canadian survey of over 11 companies and media institutions including five newspapers, three television stations, and three radio stations, found that women were “under-represented” in key roles in governance and senior management.

Women in the Canadian media outlets surveyed accounted for 40 per cent of top-level management and merely one quarter of governance roles. If they reached senior management, women were paid significantly less than their male counterparts.

- According to Journalism.com’s annual  State of the Media report, in 2008, race and gender issues only accounted for 1% of overall news coverage.

-The 2008 Racial and Gender Report card of the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE), which covers and grades 378 Associated Press newspapers, gave the APSE newspapers and web sites a C for racial hiring practices and an F for gender hiring practices; the report card stated that women account for only 6% of sports editors, 10% of assistant sports editors, 6% of columnists, 9% of reporters and 16% of copy editors/designers (via Media Report to Women).

-The Parents Television Council found that since 2004, there has been a 120% increase in depictions of violence against women on television. An even more disturbing finding was the 400% increase in the depictions of teen girls as the victims of violence.

-The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLADD)’s annual report on diversity says that in the 2009-2010 television season, there were/will be 18 LGBT characters (out of 600 total series regulars), which is an all time high. The report also found that 57% of all characters are male (345 male vs 255 female), and 77% (466) of characters are white.

-Twenty years ago, the average model weighed only 8% less than the average woman, but today’s models weigh an average of 23% less.

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