Interested in the facts when it comes to women and visibility?
Here are a few key statistics:
- Female actors get far fewer speaking roles than male actors.
- Female journalists get fewer bylines than male journalists (for Australian statistics click here and for US statistics click here).
- Our art is featured on fewer gallery walls.
- Our stories don’t fill anywhere near as many history books.
- We receive less pay than men. (And this trend is being perpetuated even in new industries. In 2016 for example, female bloggers earned only 60% of the profit that male bloggers did.)
- Female sports stars receive far less television coverage than men.
- There are less of us on the boards of fortune 500 companies and we’re wildly under-represented in parliaments around the world.
- Violence against us is minimised or overlooked, or in the worst instances, encouraged.
- And our opinions about our own bodies – how they should be portrayed, how they should be cared for during and after pregnancy, how we should manage our reproductive systems – are given less weight than the opinions of cisgendered men who will never even know what it is to have a female body.