A quick search through the Journalism.co.uk archive shows how the conversation around women in journalism has shifted in the past decade. As part of our Throwback Thursday series, we contrasted a 2010 article that pointed out women were "underrepresented and misrepresented" in the media with a study from 2016 that showed diversity has improved although there is still some way to go to close the gaps.
A similar search also points to a number of powerful projects and reports on women's issues from the past few years, both from and outside of the UK, as well as advice for women journalists. This post collates some of those stories, and links to other projects or opportunities published in these past few months, to also mark International Women's Day on 8 March.
It is by no means an exhaustive list – if you'd like to recommend a story to be added to this reading list, or send any other comments to the Journalism.co.uk team, please reach out.
The BBC's 100 Women project is taking a solutions journalism approach to covering women's issues all over the world, focused on four key themes: the class ceiling, tackling illiteracy, safety on public transport and sexism in sport. For the launch in October, reporting on each issue took place as part of the 100 Women Challenge in different locations with a strong link to the topic, including San Francisco, Nairobi and Delhi, and local women were encouraged to get in touch and share their experiences.
This year-long project from CNN explores the challenges faced by women in some of the least developed countries. Recent stories include: In Lesotho, women say they're finding their abortions on Facebook, by Rossalyn Warren; 16 and trying not to get pregnant, on teen pregnancy in the Phillipines, by Alexandra Field and Kathy Quiano; and Threatened with 'acid, rape, abuse': Protesting Iran's compulsory hijab law, by Hannah Ritchie.
Each month this year, the team at ELLE and the Fuller Project for International Reporting will highlight and report on the stories of women fighting for their rights and their communities in different countries. In January, stories focused on Bangladesh, and in February, on Russia. The project is funded by the European Journalism Centre through its Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme.
Overlooked, by The New York Times
Launched on 8 March with the stories of 15 women overlooked by the NYT's obituaries, this project aims to set the record straight by highlighting those whose lives and deaths were missed out in the long history of obituary writing at the title. Now focused primarily on women's obituaries, including the stories of Ida B. Wells, Mary Ewing Outerbridge, and Sylvia Plath, Overlooked will diversify its output beyond women and become a regular features in the NYT's obituaries section.
Politico's Women Rule series has been amplifying stories of transformative women since 2013, aiming to inform and connect women across different career levels. Carrie Budoff Brown, the editor of Politico and former managing editor of Politico Europe, told Journalism.co.uk in a recent podcast that Women Rule has also transformed into a leadership community for women.
Trailblazing Muslim Women 2018
This project by Zainab Khan, creative director, and Maaria Lohiya, photographer, came about as Khan noticed a lack of representation in Forbes's famous '30 under 30' list. "It's so important now more than ever to shout about our identities. It's so important to create something for the next generation that we lacked growing up," Khan told BuzzFeed News.
Hackathons on gender inequality
Editors Lab hackathons organised in India in March and April 2017 prompted newsrooms to find some solutions to gender disparity and come up with storytelling and products focused on women's issues. The hackathons, organised by the Global Editors Network, saw winning teams explore how to close the financial literacy gap between men and women, and ways to tackle sexism in humour.
Menstruating in Nepal
In 2014, Deepak Adhikari was one of 12 journalists to receive a Panos South Asia fellowship on the militarisation of women in South Asia, exploring the impacts of war on women in the region. Since then, Deepak has continued to cover women's issues, with a story from May 2017 highlighting the Chhaupadi tradition in Nepal that views women as unclean during menstruation, resulting in women and girls being banished to sheds. Nepal banned the practice in August 2017.
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