DOES OUR MEDIA CARE ABOUT THE DEATHS OF IMPORTANT WOMEN? Last December, Mother Jones ran a piece on the gender ratio of newspaper obituaries called Newspapers Don’t Care When Notable Women Die [link here]. “Big papers’ lists of significant deaths in 2012 overwhelmingly feature men,” wrote Dana Liebelson, “And lest you think this is some kind of freak 2012 phenomenon, the New York Times has consistently listed many more men than women over the last five years.”
Since that article went up, not much has changed. What does this mean for the value we put on the lives and achievements of women? Or, alternatively, what does it say about the men we put in charge of assigning that value (like Bill McDonald, editor of obituaries for the Times)? Read more about this topic here.
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