Women Rule J-Schools, Still Hit Newsroom Glass Ceilings

Kansas University recently confirmed what journalism educators and undergrads have known for years: Women rule the j-school. At KU currently, female students comprise roughly 70 percent of the total enrollment in the School of Journalism.

According to a Lawrence Journal World report, the reasons given for the trend by the school’s dean and a few students:

1) Women may just be more creative and expressive, what dean Ann Brill calls “a right brain/left brain thing.”

2) Men are leaving j-school behind as they apparently shoot evermore for positions and fields boasting higher salaries.

3) J-school may be the means for female students, but the end game is a more general mass comm. endeavor. A KU student: “I think one of the reasons is a lot of women get into the j-school is they want go into advertising sales and television. I know the market is attractive, they make a good salary, and it’s a pretty basic concept. If you can do that well, you have stability, and that’s attractive to a lot of females, especially because you can’t just be a housewife anymore.”

Yet, even while dominating in enrollment, women are *not* dominating in the j-workplace. According to a recent AEJMC forum post, “Have Women in Journalism Really Made It?”, the glass ceiling still exists.

Stacey Hust, assistant professor at Washington State University: “Women look around and the lack of men in their classes makes them think that gender isn’t an issue. But in reality that’s not the case. They need to broaden their horizons, top of the class doesn’t mean top of your business.”

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