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The Many Shades of Sexism : Female Journalists in Leadership Positions Reflect on Barriers to Career Advancement in Journalism



Year of publication 2024
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Web article - open access
Keywords career progression; Central and Eastern Europe; critical mass theory; Czech Republic; female journalists; gender barriers; leadership positions; vertical gender segregation; women in journalism
Description Female journalists worldwide still struggle for adequate representation in leadership positions. This study contributes to the (mainly Western) scholarship on gender barriers in journalism by exploring the mechanism of vertical gender segregation in the journalistic profession in the Czech Republic, a non-Western country with the legacy of a women’s emancipation project sponsored by the former communist regime. Semi-structured interviews (N = 17) with female journalists in leadership positions revealed five main barriers: overall gender inequality in the Czech society; family and household responsibilities; lower self-esteem and ambition in women; sexism and sexual harassment; and masculine newsroom culture and “old boys’ clubs.”
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