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Gendered Employment Patterns and Questions of Access

On 20th of June, a project led by Strathclyde University brought together academics, journalists, editors and representatives from women’s rights and campaigning organisations, to focus on the challenges and opportunities for women working in journalism and the media/creative industries more generally, in Scotland.

We explored questions around the gendered pay gap, online abuse, and strategies for creating opportunities for women both within and outside of traditional media organisations.

You can see what the agenda covered here.

Recordings of all speakers will be available here soon.

Speakers included:

Professor Karen Boyle (@ProfKarenBoyle) is Professor of Feminist Media Studies and Programme Director for Applied Gender Studies at the University of Strathclyde. Her research has long focused on questions of violence, gender and representation, with recent articles focuses on the naming practices of feminist theory (2018) and on both television (2018) and press (2017) coverage of the Jimmy Savile case. She is currently writing a book entitled #MeToo, Weinstein and Feminist Theory for Palgrave (2019). She was the Scottish coordinator for the Global Media Monitoring Project in 2015 and sits on the Board of the Women's Support Project. Pre-publication copies of many of her articles and a full list of publications can be accessed here.

Emma Ritch is the Executive Director of Engender, Scotland’s feminist policy organisation working on women’s social, economic, and political equality in Scotland. She leads strategic work on all things feminism, but has particular interest in women and the economy, intersectionality, violence against women, and the relationship between women’s equality and women’s human rights.

Before joining Engender, Emma was the manager of Close the Gap for 9 years, and she currently sits on the First Minister's Advisory Council on Women & Girls, the joint strategic board of Equally Safe, the Scottish National Action Plan for human rights leadership forum, the advisory group of the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre and the Scottish Women’s Budget Group. She chairs the Rape Crisis Scotland board, is vice-convener of the board of Close the Gap, and is a member of the Scotland Committee of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Dr Margareta Melin is the senior lecturer and associate professor in Media and Communication at the School of Arts and Communication at Malmö University as well as Head of Research in Visual Arts. Prior to Malmö, she spent a decade in Scotland working at the Glasgow University Media group and as a lecturer at Queen Margaret University. Her research has since 1989 focussed on gendered journalism culture and she has done longitudinal research on Swedish, Scottish and English journalists. Currently she works with the project "Living the Liquid Life. Journalism at the intersection of gender, professionalism and precariousness”.

Dr Doris Ruth Eikhof is Deputy Director of the CAMEo Research Institute for Cultural and Media Studies and Associate Professor at the School of Business, University of Leicester. She has worked extensively on work and employment in the cultural industries, focusing in particular on career management, self-entrepreneurship and workforce diversity. Doris has recently led CAMEo’s Workforce Diversity in the UK Screen Sector evidence review for the British Film Institute. She has led a broad range of funded research projects including a large multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional research consortium for the Digital R&D Fund for Arts and Culture in Scotland funded by the AHRC, Nesta and Creative Scotland, as well as contract research includes projects for Creative Scotland and various arts organisations.

Anna Ritchie Allan is Executive Director of Close the Gap, Scotland’s policy and advocacy organisation working on women’s labour market equality. She participates in a range of Scottish public body equality advisory groups, and external policy working groups related to women and work including the Ministerial working group on the gender pay gap. She is also chair of the board of Glasgow & Clyde Rape Crisis Centre, a board member of Scottish Women’s Aid, and on the executive committee of the Scottish Women’s Budget Group.

Dr Deirdre O’Neill is an internationally known researcher on news values (with Tony Harcup) and has also published work on women, journalism and sport, and women politicians' representation in newspapers, and until recently was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield. She was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Karlstad, Sweden earlier this academic year, and has been on the executive committee of the Association for Journalism Education for the last eight years. She is also co-editor of Journalism Education. Prior to working in universities, she worked as a press and publicity officer in education and as a magazine journalist.

Kate Sang is Professor of Gender & Employment Studies in the School of Social Sciences, Heriot Watt University (Edinburgh campus). Kate’s research explores gender and disability in male dominated occupations, with a particular interest in social relational models of gender and disability. Kate will discuss precarity in academic careers, drawing on recent research on gender and chronic illness/disability which suggested that disabled academics and those who experience menstruation/gynaecological health conditions experience particular barriers and precarious working conditions.

Henna Zamurd-Butt is the editor/CEO of Media Diversified, and a director of Bare Lit Festival. She is also pursuing doctoral research at Goldsmiths about the geopolitics of the internet.

Claire Heuchan is the award-winning blogger Sister Outrider. She is an essayist and feminist theorist, her work exploring themes of power, identity, and liberation politics. Claire has essays featured in a growing range of books – including the feminist anthology Nasty Women. Her first book for children, written in collaboration with Nikesh Shukla, is out in October.

Margot McCuaig is a novelist, an experienced executive producer in sport broadcasting and an award-winning documentary filmmaker. As director and co-owner of purpleTV she leads the creative and digital production of the company, and as managing director of mneTV she was responsible for the company's multi-million pound programme making operation. As a key driver of campaigning for equality in sport she wrote, produced and directed 'Honeyballers', a documentary film about the female pioneers of women's football in Scotland.

In filmmaking and live sport broadcasting, Margot has a focus on ensuring that women¹s voices are heard. She has a BA Hons in History and Politics from the University of Strathclyde and an MPhil in Social History from the University of Glasgow. Margot was named in a top
ten of women of influence driving the agenda in Scottish Sport and was a member of Shona Robison¹s Women in Sport parliamentary committee.

Alys Mumford is Engender’s Communications and Engagement Manager. She leads on the publications, social media and press work of the organisations, as well as working with partner organisations to further women’s equality. Particular things she is working on include Engender’s work on women’s representation in politics, public life and the media, running feminist participatory events, and hosting the On the Engender podcast.

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