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Statistics on Women in Today’s Media

November 29, 2011 By: admin Category: Consumer Education, Information

Information obtained from

These statistics were gathered to illuminate the current status of women in today’s media. The categories include radio, film, television, and news journalism. The lack of women in top positions is widespread. The research indicates a diminished presence of women in the various forms of media surveyed.
Industry Stats
•Women hold only 3% of clout positions in the mainstream media. (Annenberg Public Policy Center, “The Glass Ceiling Persists,” 2003)
•Only one in four communications/media jobs created between 1990 and 2005 were filled by women. The only area where the share of women increased was in the newspaper industry—the lowest-paid industry in the sector, where many of the women are employed as part-time telephone sales positions.
(Institute for Women’s Policy Research. “Making the Right Call,” 2006).
•In 2007, women represented only 12.1% of the boards of directors of corporations in the information industry, and only 11.5% in the arts, entertainment and recreation corporations. In 2006, women represented 14.5% of the directors in the information industry and 14.7% in the arts, entertainment and recreation industry.
(“Census: Women Board Directors,” Catalyst 2007, and 2006).
•For full-time workers in the communications/media sector, a gender and race wage gap persists: White men are paid 29 percent more than white women and 46 percent more than women of color. (Institute for Women’s Policy Research, “Making the Right Call” 2006)
•Among communications companies in the Fortune 500, women comprise just 15 percent of top executives and only 12 percent of board members.
(Annenburg Public Policy Center, “The Glass Ceiling Persists,” 2003)
•At current rate of changes, it will take women 47 years to reach parity with men as Corporate Officers of the Fortune 500 (“Corporate Officers and Top Earners,” Catalyst, 2006).
•“With few exceptions, we have not moved beyond tokenism in the number of women in top leadership positions or serving on the boards of communications companies. Men still hold the vast majority of positions. The glass ceiling is firmly in place.” former Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Susan Ness (Sheila Gibbons, 2004)
•Groups such as Fox Entertainment, McGraw-Hill, and advertising firms Grey Global Group and Omnicom did not have women in any of their executive positions. (Sheila Gibbons, 2004).
•The median salary for male journalists in all news media is $46,758 and $37,731 for women. (Sources: Dates 2007, Cramer 2007, Nicholson 2007, Media Management Center 2006, 2001. From Fact Sheet #2 in “Women and News” Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, November 2007)

Be a Santa to a Senior!

November 29, 2011 By: admin Category: Consumer Education, Information

For fifteen years, the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise network has been devoted to providing seniors with the highest quality care in their own homes, and to arming families with the information they need to make the best decisions about caring for aging loved ones. But did you know that Home Instead Senior Care partners with local non-profits during the Holiday Season to deliver gifts to needy older adults?

Each year Home Instead Senior Care® offices throughout North America spread holiday cheer to lonely or financially-challenged seniors through the Be a Santa to a Senior program. The program has attracted upwards of 60,000 volunteers over the past six years distributing gifts to deserving seniors. Since introducing the Be a Santa to a Senior program, Home Instead Senior Care has helped provide 1.2 million gifts to more than 700,000 seniors.
Home Instead Senior Care partners with local non-profit and community organizations to identify seniors who might not otherwise receive gifts this holiday season. The company then works with local businesses and retail stores to help facilitate the purchase and distribution of gifts by placing trees and ornaments within their various locations. Each senior’s gift requests are written on a Be a Santa to a Senior tree ornament.

Here’s how to help a lonely senior:
1. Find the nearest Be a Santa to a Senior tree location
2. Remove an ornament
3. Purchase the gift
4. Bring ornament and gift back to participating store and give to
store employee.
It’s that easy!
Our trees at Kmart and Target will be available until December 8th. Volunteers collect, wrap, and deliver the gifts to the seniors prior to the Christmas Holiday.
If you, or any organization of which you are a part, is interested in learning more, please contact our office. We would be happy to speak to your group free of charge about this subject, our services, and even employment opportunities.


Rebecca Champagne, Human Resource Coordinator
Home Instead Senior Care
1102 S Braddock Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
Phone: (412) 731-0733


November 29, 2011 By: admin Category: Consumer Education, Information



Today’s water crisis is not an issue of scarcity, but of access. More people in the world own cell phones than have access to a toilet. And as cities and slums grow at increasing rates, the situation worsens. Every day, lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills thousands, leaving others with reduced quality of life.
• 884 million people lack access to safe water supplies; approximately one in eight people. (5)
• 3.575 million people die each year from water-related disease. (11)
• The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns. (1)
• People living in the slums often pay 5-10 times more per liter of water than wealthy people living in the same city. (1)
• An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than a typical person in a developing country slum uses in a whole day. (1)