July 1998

Report by Mary Ann Sieghart and Georgina Henry 



Women in Journalism commissioned MORI On-Line to conduct an in-depth telephone survey of the background, views and employment of 537 men and women on national newspaers and magazines. The results suggest the following:

  • Women journalists on national newspapers and magazines are better educated than men
  • Women tend to be in less senior jobs than men of the same age
  • Women tend to earn less than men of the same age
  • Having children affects women’s careers more than men’s
  • Women are somewhat more likely than men to delay having children or to have fewer childern beacuse of their job
  • Parents of both sexes are happier working for magazines than for newspapers
  • Mothers on newspapers are somewhat more likely than fathers to have been given more responsibility without a correspondingly higher salalry
  • Women journalists are more likely to think their employers discriminate against them than do their male colleagues
  • Most women journalists say that they could do their job just as well if they workerd more flexible hours, but only a quarter are allowed to do so.



  • Male journalists tend to work longer hours than female journalists
  • On average, younger women on newspapers earn more than men of the same age, but older men eanr more than older women


Find the Full Study: The Cheaper Sex – 1998


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