Women in journalism: Reading list 3/24/2013

The Gender Report provides a weekly round-up of links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. The links below are to noteworthy articles on topics related to women in journalism and the media during the past week. Articles included in this feature do not necessarily reflect the views of The Gender Report or its writers. View past week’s round-ups here.

Reading List

President Obama: Nominate a Woman to Replace Outgoing FCC Chair (Women’s Media Center)

Huffington Post’s front page gender breakdown for March 21, 2013 (Women in the News)

Esquire editor says photos of women are like ‘pictures of cool cars’ (Poynter)

BBC to hold Expert Women’s Days in Salford, Glasgow and Cardiff (Guardian)

Why The Opt-Out Story Won’t Die (BuzzFeed)

How The Media Took Sides In The Steubenville Rape Case (Think Progress)

Rachel Sklar: The Firing Of Adria Richards Looks Like Kneejerk Appeasement To The Troll Armies (Business Insider)

How Social Media Can Become Our New Rape Whistle (The Cut)

When the Good Girls Revolted — A Story of Newsweek (HuffPost Women)

Attacks on Women Journalists the Focus of UN Panel (Dart Blog)

9-Year-Old Girl Raises $15,000 to Make Video Game (Mashable)

Allyson Bird explains further ‘why I left the news’ (Poynter)

Mail on Sunday appoints Fleet Street’s first female sports editor, Alison Kervin (Guardian)

Deborah Solomon quits Bloomberg View and returns to Wall Street Journal (JimRomenesko.com)

Margaret Sullivan, an Ombud Who Cares (The Nation)

Women Behind the News: Bloomberg News’ Vietnam bureau chief K. Oanh Ha (International Women’s Media Foundation)

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Week in Review: A look at the Middle East

Photo credited to BBC Persian, from the New York Times. Participants marched against the widespread public sexual harassment of women on the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan, last July.

As political and social change continues to sweep through Egypt, Libya, Yemen and several other parts of the Middle East and Africa, the Gender Report looked at the key role women are playing in these processes. We’ve written before about protests, participation in marches, and pushes for representative government in these areas. Here are a few updates in these cases we found in our News Feed, as well as their representation in the media:

  • Libya: Women continue to speak out against rapes committed during the country’s long civil war, asking the new government to provide financial, legal and counseling support to victims. Read more via the Associated Press (as syndicated by the Washington Post).
  • Afghanistan: Nicholas Kristof, an avid supporter of women’s rights, featured a guest post by Noorjahan Akbar on his New York Times blog on her experiences with women marching for awareness of sexual harassment concerns. The post also highlighted organizations and women that are continuing this fight.
  • Egypt: The safety of female journalists in Tahrir Square continues to make headlines as another women, this time a female broadcast journalist from France, was assaulted while covering the protests. The organization Reporters Sans Frontieres, recanted a recommendation to remove female journalists from Tahrir Square for their own safety, after many journalists criticized the statement. One opinion piece for the Guardian said “If women journalists are told it’s too dangerous for them to go there, those voices are likely to be silenced altogether.” The Gender Report earlier highlighted the sexual assault of a “60 Minutes” reporter in February.

Have you seen or read other coverage of women in the Middle East? Post a comment or tweet it to the Gender Report or our News Feed, @GRNewsFeed or @GenderReport.