A few weeks ago, a Canadian newspaper reported on a startling statistic: In the U.S., there are nearly a third more women in magazine pages than men.
As of last week, the Guardian reported that more than three-quarters of the pages in women’s magazines are by women.
The Guardian article, which also includes the figures for men’s magazines, seems to be in direct response to a recent study, published in the journal Women & Men, which found that the ratio of men to women in male-focused magazines is about equal to that of magazines with predominantly women-focused content.
In the same article, researchers also said that the gender pay gap for female journalists has widened to nearly a 10-fold difference in the median pay between male and female journalists.
And the gender-specific disparity in magazine revenue is so great that the Guardian article mentions that the “male-dominated” pages of women-owned magazines are worth more than their female-owned counterparts.
The Globe and Mail, on the other hand, reported on what they described as “one of the most extensive and detailed surveys of the gender and racial diversity of magazines” in Canada.
In their study, the researchers found that more and more of the magazines that they surveyed were owned by women and, in some cases, by women of color.
The researchers also found that in some of the more popular male-oriented magazines, there are more women than men working on the editorial side of the business.
The gender gap is growing, they reported, with the proportion of women and people of colour in male publications growing from 10% in 2011 to 12% in 2016.
That trend is also happening in the magazines themselves.
While women made up a much larger proportion of the editors at The Globe in 2016 than they had in 2011, the newspaper still has only half the staff of its male-dominated counterpart, the Toronto Star.
In 2017, the Star’s women-and-people-of-color section employed roughly four women and three men.
In a similar study conducted in 2017, a similar percentage of men and women had worked on the paper’s women’s section, the University of Toronto found.
In 2016, women made a mere 8.7% of editorial page staff in the paper, but had 11.9% of all editorial page posts in 2017.
In other words, the proportion that’s female in publications with predominantly white-dominated content has risen from 10.4% in 2015 to 16.7%, according to the study.
This isn’t the first time that women and women of colour have been profiled in a gender-based manner.
In fact, the number of female-dominated magazines is more than double that of the men-only magazines.
In 2011, The Globe reported that a woman-owned, non-profit magazine called A Voice for Women (AVW) had more than 5,000 contributors and had published more than 1,000 issues.
By 2018, the publication’s total staff had more that 15,000.
The authors of the 2017 study, Sara Caudill and Emily K. Scott, noted that the disparity in publications between men and female-identified people of color was not a “real reflection of the realities of publishing,” but was “likely due to the publication of a very large proportion of articles written by women by those who did not have the privilege of having a gender role in their workplace or social circle.”
The authors concluded that “this is an example of a real, growing problem of women of diverse gender identities having a marginalised and devalued role in publishing, with a disproportionately low representation of women on the front page of our magazines.”
Gender bias is a problem, not a solution, says Amanda Haney, an associate professor of sociology at the University.
“The issue with these issues is that they’re really not going to disappear or go away because of the changes that we’re making in the way we think about the work that we do, and that we think of ourselves and our bodies,” Haney told CBC News.
The issue is that there are fewer women and non-binary people working in journalism, she said.
“So that really creates an imbalance that I think has a lot to do with the fact that the content that we produce is largely not made by women,” Handy said.
And when it comes to gender, Haney said, there is a double standard.
Women are underrepresented in fields like advertising and marketing and are being overrepresented in science and technology.
Haney added that the lack of diversity in editorial positions has also contributed to a lack of trust in publications, especially when it’s perceived to be biased.
“It’s not that women are less trustworthy,” Hanyne said.
Rather, she argues that the issue lies in the fact of how the media is structured, and the way it operates.
The media has traditionally been about the information that is being delivered to the public and what