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Man's word

Is gender inequality still a thing in the 21st century?

Women have been fighting for centuries to gain a full and equal participation in society, claiming it as a fundamental human right. Fair gender portrayal in the media should be considered a professional and ethical aspiration, similar to respect for accuracy, fairness and honesty. Yet, in 2021 all around the world women are still severely under-represented in the media compared to men, even in socially progressive countries. According to a study by the University of Zurich, only one out of four people featured in the media reports is female. In the last few years there seems to be a rising awareness of this problem, promoted for example by the 50:50 The Equality Project launched by BBC, however gender equality is still far from being conquered.

Our project goal is to provide a clear overview of the problem in order to answer the following question: “How far are we standing from an equal representation of genders in the media?” For this purpose, we analyzed the Quotebank dataset: a rich collection of quotes and attributed speakers published in the English News between 2015 and 2020. Additional information was retrieved about the speaker’s gender, nationality and occupation from the Wikidata. Furthermore, the Human Development dataset allowed to classify the speakers’ countries of origin from ‘Very High’ to ‘Low’ based on economic and sociocultural factors.

Who is quoted in the media?

Putting some light on the numbers

3,693,202

considered
quotes

7682

from woman
playing cricket

20535

citations of
female epidemiologist