Gender check: 3/10/11 – Midwest

*Gender Checks are quick examinations of gender representation in individual news articles for the purpose of discovering trends over time. Click here to read more.

Website: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (stltoday.com)

On Stltoday.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 3:50 p.m. (MST) Thursday, March 10, was titled “Funeral service set for slain U.S. deputy marshal.” Its subject was a funeral service set in the death of a deputy U.S. marshal killed during an attempt to apprehend a fugitive.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female (2 males and 1 female also contributed to the report)

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, commander of the city’s violent offender unit

2. Female, suspect’s mother (in a letter)

3. Male, founder of a site that tracks police deaths

4. Male, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association

5. Male, a U.S. marshal

Notes/analysis: Those involved in the incident appear to be male, specifically the the shooter as well as the person killed and two others who were injured. The article includes mention of an increase in violence toward law enforcement officials over the past year. The Officer Down Memorial Page, which was mentioned via its founder in the article, shows that so far in 2011 approximately 38 officers have been killed — five of them were women.


Website: St. Louis Beacon

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 3:50 p.m. (MST) Thursday, March 10, was titled “With April election looming, St. Louis County assessor’s race heats up.” Its subject
was details of the race between the final two candidates to become St. Louis County’s first elected assessor for the April 5 election.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, county executive (paraphrased)

2. Female, constituent

3. Female, U.S. Senate candidate

4. Male, Republican candidate

5. Democratic candidate

Notes/analysis: Despite the fact that the race features two male candidates, the article still had a balance of both male and female sources. The article mentions that the two candidates have their final face off tonight — moderated by the League of Women Voters at the University of Missouri St. Louis. The League, which has chapters throughout the United States, was formed shortly before the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote. Originally, the organization, which works on encouraging informed participation in government, was for women only, but that was changed in 1973 when men were allowed to join.

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