I've always suspected that women get far less than their fair share of press coverage, but the good folks over at re:invention have provided us with proof. I'm just annoyed with myself for not coming up with the data myself. According to them:
The world needs more women media spokespersons. New research from The Global Media Monitoring Project shows that women constitute 52% of the world's population and only make up 21% of people featured in the news. Men are the majority of news subjects in all story topics. Even when women do feature in the news, they are more likely to be found in 'soft' stories such as celebrity and arts and least likely to be found in 'hard' news stories about politics, government, and the economy. Men dominate as spokespersons and experts: 86% of all people featured in new stories as spokespeople are men. Men also make up 83% of all experts.