Gender check: 1/5/12 – 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 10:10 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Jan. 5, was titled “Quinn signs law to end pension double-dipping in Illinois teacher unions.” Its subject was a pension-reform measure.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. None.


Website: St. Louis Beacon

St. Louis Beacon, 1/5/2012

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 10:10 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Jan. 5, was titled “Missouri legislature opens, with last session’s issues at top of agenda.” Its subject was the Missouri legislature.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, state Senate appropriations chairman
  2. Male, state Senate president pro tem
  3. Male, state House speaker
  4. Male, state House minority leader
  5. Male, state Senate majority leader
  6. Male, state senator

Notes/analysis: The article includes three photos taken by the male author. The two with identifiable people both feature male subjects.

Gender check: 12/1/11 – Midwest

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

On Stltoday.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:40 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Dec. 1, was titled “Pickup driver killed after slamming into firetruck on I-70 in St. Peters.” Its subject was the death of a man whose truck crashed into the back of a firetruck.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author:  Female

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, assistant fire chief
  2. Female, aunt of the deceased


Website: St. Louis Beacon

St. Louis Beacon, 12/1/2011

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:40 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Dec. 1 was titled “Judges unveil new boundary lines for Missouri House and Senate.” Its subject was redistricting for the state legislature.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author:  Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, aide to female state senator
  2. Female, judge who headed commission
  3. Male, union official
  4. Male, former state House speaker
  5. Male, Republican consultant

Notes/analysis: The article includes six mugshots — four of males and two of females.

Gender check: 9/15/11 – Midwest

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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.

Gender check: 4/28/11 – Midwest

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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.

Gender check: 3/17/11 – Midwest

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

On Stltoday.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 2 p.m. (MST) Thursday, March 17, was titled “Death penalty supporters advance bills in Illinois House.” Its subject was efforts to reinstate the death penalty in the state of Illinois.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, executive director of the Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

2. Male, state representative


Website: St. Louis Beacon

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 2 p.m. (MST) Thursday, March 17, was titled “Missouri House debate on Prop B reveals deep rural-urban split.” Its subject was a debate on regulations around dog breeding currently in the Missouri House.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, state representative

2. Male, state representative

3. Male, state senator

4. Male, president of the Humane Society of the United States

5. Male, state representative

6. Male, state representative

7. Male, state senator

8. Female, state senator

9. Female, state representative

10. Male, state representative

11. Male, state representative

12. Male, political science professor

13. Male, governor

14. Male, state House speaker

Notes/analysis: A lot of male voices dominated this story, but, as discussed in earlier Gender Checks, they also make up the majority of legislators in Missouri’s state government. However, the House has more of a balance than the Senate. Women make up more than 40 percent of the state House, while constituting only 23 percent of the state Senate.