The Third Edition of Women in Mass Communication provides a new generation of students with an insightful examination of women in the journalism and mass communication professions. In this seminal volume, editors Pamela Creedon and Judith Cramer offer ideas and directions for improving the status of women—and men— working in the field.

Introduction: We've Come a Long Way, Maybe …

Introduction: We've Come a Long Way, Maybe …

Introduction: We've come a long way, maybe …
Judithcramer, St. John's University
Pamela J.Creedon, The University of Iowa

This should be a season of celebration. America has its first female in the Oval Office. Everywhere you look, there are women surgeons, police officials, hard-charging executives and even amazingly resourceful undercover operatives. So why aren't women across the country cheering? Well, perhaps because those role models—important as they are—are all fictional.

—Barbara Kantrowitz (2005)

They are all characters on the 2005–2006 season's prime-time television programs: Commander in Chief, Grey's Anatomy, and Alias. And, with few exceptions, these women do not model values different from those of their male TV character predecessors.

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