A hunch five years ago that the front pages of British newspapers were dominated by men prompted research that proved the hunch right: daily newspapers were full of male writers and voices.
Since then much has changed, not least the appointment of the UK’s second female prime minister, the first woman to run for the highest office in the US and, closer to home, the appointment of the first female editor-in-chief of the Guardian.
So has this seismic change led to a revolution in national newspaper front pages? No, according to a similar study to be released on Tuesday by the industry body Women in Journalism.
The WiJ research in 2012 found that 78% of all front page bylines were male. This year, a similar exercise over two six-week periods revealed that men were still writing 75% of all front page stories.
And the wibble in the middle of the paper chewing over what it all means for society is largely written by?
It’s almost as if there were a gender disparity, on average of course, over what people like to talk about, are interested in.
Don’t forget, if there must be gender parity in everything then 50% of the pieces about abortion should be written by men too.