We've Come A Long Way, Maybe*
Pamela J. Creedon
This volume has three goals: to serve as a bellwether, a harbinger, and a farewell.
This volume focuses on trends over the past 30 years in journalism and mass communication education. It does so in five parts, starting with “History and Context of Educational Equity, ” which outlines the history of women and persons of color in journalism and mass communication education. The second part, “The Update: 30 Years of Equity Struggles, ” showcases in cold, hard data the outcomes of 30 years of equity struggles for women in journalism and mass communication education and related professions. The starting point is 1972, when a study by two of the volume's editors, who were starting their careers at Kansas State, found that the status of women in journalism education was very dismal (the study is reprinted in this volume as the Appendix). Thirty years ago, women were only 7% of the field: The endpoint is 2002, when women are 31% of the field and salary disparity is the top issue of concern.
The central theme of the volume is how the struggle for equality has evolved into a struggle for equity. The main finding is that the hypothesis by Ramona Rush, the Ratio of Recurrent and Reinforced Residuum or R3, holds across the last three decades in journalism and mass communication education and practice. Readers will find the hypothesis supported in____________________