Women and Media
Author: Carolyn M. Byerly
Author: Karen Ross
Women and Media is a thoughtful cross-cultural examination of the ways in which women have worked
inside and outside mainstream media organizations since the 1970s.Rooted in a series of interviews with
women media workers and activists collected specifically for this book, the text provides an original
insight into women's experiences.Explains the ways that women have organized their internal and
external campaigns to improve media content (or working conditions) for women, and established
womenowned media to gain a public voice.Identifies key issues and developments in feminist media
critiques and interventions over the last 30 years, as these relate to production, representation and
consumption.Functions as both a research case study and a teaching text.
Carolyn M. Byerly
Carolyn M. Byerly, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Graduate Program of Mass Communication and
Media Studies, Department of Journalism, Howard University, Washington DC (USA). She teaches
seminars in mass communication theory, research methods, media effects, and political communication.
Recent publications include Women and Media: International Perspectives (edited with Karen Ross,
Blackwell, 2004), "After 9/11: Formation of an Oppositional Discourse," (Feminist Media Studies, Fall
2005), and "Women and the Concentration of Media Ownership" (in R. R. Rush, C.E. Oukrop, and P. J.
Creedon, Seeking Equity for Women in Journalism and Mass Communication Education, Erlbaum, 2004).
Karen Ross, Ph.D., is Professor of Mass Communication at Coventry University (UK). She teaches
research methods, gender politics and media, and audience studies and is has written extensively on
issues of in/equality in communication and culture. Her previous books include: Gender and Newsroom
Cultures: Identities at Work (with Marjan de Bruin, Hampton Press, 2004); Women and Media:
International Perspectives (edited with Carolyn M. Byerly, Blackwell, 2004); Media and Audiences (with
Virginia Nightingale, Open University Press, 2003. She is currently working on two studies relating to
press coverage of elections from a gender perspective.