Gender check: 7/19/11 – 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

“Gates money, best minds put to work ‘reinventing’ toilet” – Seattle Times, 7/19/2011

On the Seattle Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 11:10 a.m. (PDT) Tuesday, July 19, was titled “Gates money, best minds put to work ‘reinventing’ toilet.” Its subject was a new program by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation aimed at creating new sanitation innovations for the developing world.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, director of initiative
  2. Female, foundation co-chair
  3. Female, executive director of non-profit

Notes/analysis: The lead of the story only mentions Bill Gates, but the only photo with the story is a mug shot of Melinda Gates. Bill is not quoted, while she is.

Website: Seattle P-I

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 11:10 a.m. (PDT) Tuesday, July 19, was titled “State worker who stole, sold files sentenced.” Its subject was a less than two-year sentence for a man who pleaded guilty to selling confidential information.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, former worker (subject)
  2. Female, assistant U.S. attorney
  3. Female, defense attorney

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