Gender check: 9/15/11 – 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 the Stltoday.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 6:45 a.m. (PDT) Thursday, Sept. 15, was titled “Mo. Legislature stuck on local control, Aerotropolis.” Its subject was two issues that hit a snag in the legislature — city control of the police department and a project to make St. Louis a hub for freight flights between China and the Midwest.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female and male (shared byline)

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, state senator (D)
  2. Male, state House speaker (R)
  3. Male, state senator (D)
  4. Male, representative of police officers’ group
  5. Male, former president of the city police officers’ association
  6. Male, state senator (R)
  7. Male, state senator (R)

Notes/analysis: Keep in mind that eight of the 34 members of the Missouri Legislature are female.


Website: St. Louis Beacon

St. Louis Beacon, 9/15/2011

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 6:45 a.m. (PDT) Thursday, Sept. 15, was titled “Missouri legislature adjourns special session for week.” Its subject was the same as above, but with a different framing that included the overall economic package containing the freight project.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, state Senate president pro tem (R)
  2. Male, state House speaker (R)
  3. Male, state senator (R)

Notes/analysis: The article also quotes a statement from the governor’s office and a statement from a right to life group. The article includes three mug shots, all of men.

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