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Sweden: Women Reach Parity but Gender Troubles Persist

Chapter in book
Authors Maria Edström
Published in The Palgrave International Handbook of Women and Journalism
Pages 78-91
ISBN 1137273232
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Publication year 2013
Published at Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG)
Pages 78-91
Language en
Keywords gender, journalism, news media, IWMF
Subject categories Media and Communications, Gender Studies


This handbook is a timely academic adaptation of information contained in the Global Report on the Status of Women in News Media, a study commissioned by the International Women's Media Foundation and published in 2011. The study was conducted by the book's editor, international feminist media scholar, Carolyn M. Byerly. The text draws together the most robust data from that study, presenting it in 29 chapters on individual nations and three additional chapters with historical background on women in journalism and a theoretical framework grounded in feminist political economy. The book is the most expansive effort to date to consider women's standing in the journalism profession across the world. The contributing authors, in most cases the original researchers for their respective nations in the Global Report study, seek to question the status of women in newsrooms, asking how far women have come and what their progress (or lack of progress) tells us about women's right to communicate. Abstract Sweden Chapter: There is a political consensus in Sweden on the importance of gender equality that is reflected in the media industry in general and newsrooms in particular. In terms of numbers, there is parity in some occupational roles and during the last 10 years there has also been an increase in the number of women in high editorial positions, such as executive editors and CEOs, for large newspapers and public service broadcasting companies. But these advances in women’s status are not reflected in news content, which is still often male dominated and marginalizes women’s representation and issues related to gender equality. However, some Swedish newsrooms have gender conscious strategies that makes a difference, both for their organizations and their content production.

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