Something near and dear to my heart from a larger piece I wrote on the ever-changing portrayals of gender in media:
When discussing a shortage of females in the media, it is important to note that this could not mean a literal lack of females – but a lack of females depicted as actual females rather than sex symbols. Cited observations can attest for this negative representation; for one, female characters tend to be sidelined, stereotyped and sexualized, clearly imbalanced when it comes to employment, forced to come up against a glass ceiling on TV, and short in terms of working in STEM fields (2012). In order to change this stigma, content creators need to consider placing more substantial female characters as leads in extremely popular shows. For example, including more females in roles such as Jane Doe on Blind Spot or Carrie Mathison on Homeland. Both of which show strong women, handling their own, and working jobs outside of the home instead of catering to their husbands. To sum it up perfectly, “both young girls and boys should see female decision-makers, political leaders, managers, and scientists as the norm, not the exception. By increasing the number and diversity of female leaders and role models on screen, content creators may affect the ambitions and career aspirations of girls and young women domestically and internationally” (2012). If women continue to see other women in TV with inspiring careers and independent attitudes, then they will be more likely to achieve the same lifestyle.