Just this week, we examined how Chinese women are doing in the workforce in general. Now another report has come out on the status of women in news media (hey, that’s me!). The findings of the global study weren’t all that earth shattering. Women earn less than men, women have less steady employment than men, but this one we didn’t know: Of the all the Chinese newsrooms surveyed, none had a general policy on gender equality, sexual harassment or childcare assistance. Overarching inference: China could do a lot more to mitigate the gender imbalance.
Here’s what else the report found:
- Female literacy rates are relatively high at 90%
- China is ranked 45th in wage equality between men and women
- Women journalists comprise approximately half (50.3%) of the news gathering workforce, senior writers, editors, news directors, reporters and correspondents
- Women’s representation (58.2%) exceeds that of men’s in production and design, which includes photographers, graphic designers and other creative personnel
- Women are approximately a third (32.8%) of those in middle management (i.e. chief correspondents, senior editors and others in positions to make news assignments)
- Women are less than a fifth (17.3%) of those in the sales, finance and administration occupational level, another category with large numbers of men and women in the companies surveyed.
- Women comprise few (12.7%) of those in the technical professional category, which includes sound, lighting and camera technicians.
- There are more female students than men in college journalism programs, which should be an indicator of a larger pool of qualified women journalists in coming years.
- In the senior professional level, men’s salary exceeds that of women’s in the average high range even though women are at parity with men in terms of numbers in this job category.
- Men’s jobs appear to be substantially more secure in the Chinese news companies surveyed. The majority of those working in these companies serve in full-time contract arrangements. Men hold three-fourth (75.3%) of those positions.
- Nearly all (91%) of Chinese news companies surveyed have a maternity leave policy, and about half (45%) have a similar policy on paternity leave.
- Less than half (40%) have a policy on returning women to their same jobs after maternity leave.
- About two-thirds (64%) offer educational training to women.
- None of the news companies have a general policy on gender equality, sexual harassment or some form of child-care assistance
You can sift through the full findings here.