Monday 15 October 2018

Ursula Halligan: Caveman scripts are the real enemy

Research from Women on Air showed last week that only a third of voices on radio were female. Earlier this year, top broadcaster Ursula Halligan told a private audience about some of the obstacles women face today

Ursula Halligan

I WAS totally gender-blind when I went into journalism 23 years ago. I didn't see men. I didn't see women; I just saw people.

I had come from a family and a school where I was encouraged to aim high. I was told I was as good as the next person. So, when I went into journalism I assumed it didn't matter if you were a man or a woman; whether you had a womb or a willy.

I didn't notice that the media was heavily male-dominated. I didn't realise that there were very few women with children working at any level in media. And I didn't question why there were so few older women on television.

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