Women, Inequality and Media Work investigates how women experience gender inequality in film and television production industries.
Examining women’s place in the production of media is vital to understanding the broader and related question of how women are (mis)represented in media content. This book goes behind the camera to explore the world of women working in media industries and unpacks the systemic gender inequality that they experience at work. It argues that women internalize their experience of gender inequality by adopting various beliefs: whether it is that gender does not matter in the workplace; that the workplace is now post-feminist; or by adopting a sense of self as liminal, neither fully included nor excluded from the industry.
Drawing on detailed academic research and empirical investigation, Women, Inequality and Media Work is an important and timely book for students, researchers and those working in media industries.
Table of Contents
1. Media work and gender
Anne O’ Brien is a lecturer with the Department of Media Studies at Maynooth University, Ireland. She has published on women workers in creative industries, representations of women in radio and television, and the history of women’s participation in Irish media for journals such as Television and New Media, Feminist Media Studies and Media Culture and Society. Her book, The Politics of Tourism Development (2011), explored the Irish state’s engagement with the development of tourism. She has undertaken funded research on the social benefits of community media for the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and on mental health and media production for the national media monitoring agency Headline. She has produced a number of documentaries for RTÉ and TG4. She is a member of Women in Film and Television Ireland and a former appointee to the Contracts Award Committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.