Today is International Women’s Day and we here at THE PHOTO ACADEMY salute all women, especially women with a camera!
Women of all creeds and colors are bringing their perspective to photojournalism now more than ever, but why is there still such a lack of gender diversity in the field?
According to the creator of Women Photograph, Daniella Zalcman, women are facing gender prejudice, a lack of confidence in female performance in the field, strains on personal lives, and sexual harassment. She created Women Photograph to combat editor’s narratives that there weren’t capable female photojournalists in far-flung places for assignments. She says, there’s “not a shortage of women photographers, just a lack of equitable hiring.”
Photography is a field dominated my men, especially when considering photojournalism. For instance, this year’s World Press Photo female entrants was at 15.5% of the total entrants. For the past ten years, that percentage has hovered at 15%. Most photos selected for mainstream publications – 80 to 100 percent according to a Times review- are overwhelmingly captured by male photographers.
Some attribute the lack of gender diversity in photojournalism to the overall decline in the media and its earnings, but the tendency to not hire women must be carefully weighed. Lynsey Addario is a fearless photographer who has been working with the New York Times for 20 years. She says, “I can’t believe we’re still having this conversation. There’s no secret there are fewer women than men in this profession, but there are amazing women in this profession, and I think the editors need to recognize them and give them good stories that they would excel at and give them a chance to have their work published.”
Cheers to women who are photographing important stories and who are working hard to prove the stereotypes wrong!
Read the full article at: time.com
Read more on the subject at : NYTimes