Gender check: 4/28/11 – 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 1 p.m. (MST) Thursday, April 28, was titled “Ill. House considers higher limits for big rigs on stretches of I-270, I-255.” Its subject was department of transportation officials discouraging lawmakers from a proposal to bring trucks up the same speed as cars on four-lane rural highways in the state.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, executive director, trucking association

2. Male, director of traffic safety for IDOT


Website: St. Louis Beacon

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 1 p.m. (MST) Thursday, April 28, was titled “Missouri House, Senate cut deal on redistricting.” Its subject was the Missouri Legislature reaching a compromise on congressional districts.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Dual (female and male)

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1.  Male, house majority leader

2. Female, spokeswoman for senate president pro tem

3. Male, congress member

4. Male, senate redistricting chairman

5. Male, state senator

6. Female, US. representative

7. Male, state Republican Party chairman

8. Male, house minority leader

Notes/analysis: All the state legislators mentioned in the article were male. We’ve covered the gender breakdown of the Missouri Legislature in an earlier Gender Check. Review it here.

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