French female journalists’ demands for equality aren’t new—they recall a similar complaint levied against management at financial newspaper Les Echos in 2013. But unlike this wave of action, that protest didn’t metastasize across French media. “You have three newsrooms in a short space of time. That’s quite uncommon,” says Aude Lorriaux, a freelance journalist and spokeswoman for “Prenons La Une,” a collective of French female journalists campaigning for equality in the media. “It shows [women in newsrooms] have the confidence….to verbalize what they’ve known all along.”
The case for equal pay is the case for better reporting. Pay women equally to men and more women will stay in the business; more women lessens the preponderance of male viewpoints and allows a clearer presentation of how things are. Certainly female reporters who covered the Vietnam War have made the case that their gender frequently helped them look beyond a near-fetishistic coverage of guns and bombs to the real costs of war.
“We need to do way, way better at creating the workplace environments where all of us can do our best work,” said Ann Marie Lipinski, who is the head of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. “I suspect we’ve lost some very good people and some diverse perspectives because we expect tolerance for behavior that we excuse as colorfully characteristic of journalism, when in fact it’s just boorish.”
With a following of some 202,000 subscribers, the show takes on everyone and everything — from gay rights to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro to why people kill each other so often in Latin America. If someone in politics pisses off Baena and her team — say, a member of congress flip-flops on health care — you can count on her to pop up on social media with a 4–5 minute YouTube video tearing that person apart. No one gets spared.
Nicola Jennings, whose work has been published in the Guardian, said: "Political cartoons are a sort of running joke between the boys. I wonder whether men find it too difficult to be lampooned by a woman? Men lampooning each other is like an in-joke and they're just slapping each other on the back, whereas if it's a woman it's seen as much stronger criticism."
Almost a half-century ago, on the same day Newsweek’s “Women in Revolt” cover hit newsstands, 46 of the magazine’s female employees held a press conference to announce a sex discrimination lawsuit against their employer. History could soon repeat itself. Several people tied to Newsweek are considering another discrimination suit against the magazine, sources tell HuffPost..