Ladies and gentleman, strap yourselves in tight, because we’re about to take ride through media gender parity.
Are you ready? Please keep all misogyny and sexism outside the vehicle at all times. Enjoy your ride.
In the wake of sexual harassment allegations against television host Bill O’Reilly, let’s talk about the role of women at Fox News.
Bill O’Reilly and 21st Century Fox paid out $13 million in settlements to five different women, all of whom accused the host of various forms of sexual harassment. Fox is opening an investigation into the allegations.
O’Reilly has denied all claims; however, sixty companies have pulled out of advertising during his time slot on-air.
And then there’s former Fox CEO and chairman Roger Ailes, who was accused of sexual misconduct last summer and ultimately resigned.
Amid the slew of sexual harassment and misconduct allegations, Fox seems to be proving itself as an all-around predatory place for women to work.
However, did you know that the Women’s Media Center recently gave Fox honors for gender parity?
No, you didn’t read that wrong. That says Fox.
(Here’s the deal, though. I really don’t buy it.)
According to the report, women do 50 percent of the network’s online reporting, outperforming CNN, Huffington Post and Daily Beast.
I’m glad that, as far as the numbers go, Fox seems to be making an effort to increase gender equality in terms of performed work. Maybe, just maybe, that can shift at some point to also include workplace attitudes toward equal treatment of women.
Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture for Media Research Center, said (and I quote), that “Fox News promotes the best people, the ones who resonate with the audience.”
Ha. Ha ha. Oh, really? Do you buy it? Because I don’t.
O’Reilly and Ailes sure don’t seem like “the best people” to me.
Think about female anchor Megyn Kelly, who alleged that Ailes had made unwanted sexual advances. Think about Greta Van Susteren, who left the network after Ailes’ resignation. Both women currently work for NBC news.
For a network that claims to have so much gender parity, they sure have their issues with sexual misconduct toward women.
So, ladies, what does this mean for you?
In a general sense, this serves as a lesson to keep your eyes open. A company that claims to promote gender parity may, in fact, do the exact opposite behind the scenes.
Hopefully, you will never have to experience any form of sexual harassment at work, but use Fox News as an example – keep an eye out and never be afraid to say something.
What do you think? Is Fox News the future of media gender parity? I’d love to hear from you, so please leave any comments below!