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Women outnumber men in MFJS department slideshow


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  1. 1. The University of Denver is a prestigious university in Colorado. Its Media Film and Journalism Studies department is an important part of the DU community and has 250 students across four different majors: Media Studies, Journalism Studies, Film Studies and Production and Strategic Communications. To many students in these programs, it is a mystery as to why their classes are overwhelmingly dominated by women. Courtney Luster
  2. 2. Margie Thompson’s Gender, Culture and Global Communication class is made up of approximately 20 women; the class has no men.
  3. 3. “I don’t think I’ve ever had a class in the department that’s been half and half or even two-thirds. It’s always the very vast majority female,” says Dina Grossman, a junior majoring in strategic communications.
  4. 4. There is an alarming lack of females in media in this day and age. Fox 31 News is a well-known media source in the Denver area.
  5. 5. Media plays a significant role on campus. There are several different outlets including the Clarion newspaper, Foothills literary magazine and KXDU Radio that students utilize to make their voices heard.
  6. 6. While women outnumber men in the MFJS departments at DU, the staff of the Clarion, DU’s on-campus newspaper, settles at approximately half and half.
  7. 7. Currently, the ratio of editors on the Clarion staff sits at five males and seven females.
  8. 8. Connor Daivs and Meg McIntyre, the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor, are shown hard at work on a Monday production night.
  9. 9. According to Davis, the Editor-in-Chief at the Clarion, the ratio of males to females fluctuates over the years at DU.
  10. 10. It is a common assumption backed by research that women are more likely to go into media and PR fields and men are more likely to go into business because women are seen as more talkative and collaborative. Men are also seen as more driven to hold high- paying jobs.
  11. 11. DU students are decidedly passionate about pursuing their dreams, no matter what those are. Students at the university are known for their overwhelming dedication to their studies, no matter what field they plan on entering.
  12. 12. Davis says about being in classes with mostly females, “Sometimes it makes me feel like effeminate in a way a very brief moment…But I’m still pursuing something I love. Girls are more open about that.”