Gender check: 6/28/11 – West

*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: Seattle Times

On the Seattle Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 12:15 p.m. (PST) Tuesday, June 28, was titled “April home prices rise in Seattle and other U.S. cities, but analysts cautious.” Its subject was that home prices rose from the previous month for the first time in eight months, though analysts caution that it may just be a sign of temporary increases.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, chairman of index committee

2. Male, managing partner at investment bank

Notes/analysis: Most of the story was numbers based.


Website: Seattle P-I

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 12:15 p.m. (PST) Tuesday, June 28, was titled “Lesbian can sue UW for job discrimination, court rules.” Its subject was the Court of Appeals overturning a lower court ruling the statute of limitations had run out on a woman’s ability to sue the University of Washington, where she had worked, for what she claims was a hostile work environment.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Female, subject

2. Male, her boss (according to complaint)

Notes/analysis: The story mainly rehashes the complaint and states the court’s reversal. The woman’s claims are based on her experience with her male boss’ treatment of her after he found out she was a lesbian. Among other things, he told her not to “flaunt” her sexual orientation. Here’s a link to the P-I’s original story on the suit when it was first filed: “UW sued by lesbian who says boss harassed her.”

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