Seeking Equity for Women in Journalism and Mass Communication Education: A 30-Year Update

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“Where Are the Old Broads?”
Been There, Done That
… 30 Years Ago

An Update of the Original Study
of Women in Journalism and Mass
Communication Education
1972 and 2002
Ramona R. Rush
Carol E. Oukrop
Lori Bergen
Julie L Andsager

PROLOGUE

In 1969, two newly minted PhDs, one from the University of Wisconsin and the other from the University of Iowa, found themselves sharing an office in their first academic jobs at Kansas State University.

By 1971, the two had nearly completed a study on the status of women in journalism education, a first in the field of communications and most other fields. As they were going over the results of the study, one looked at the other and asked, “Where are the old broads?, ” a common male vernacular for women in those days. Mostly, they were not there except for a handful of what were later to be called pioneers (Rush, 1974–1975; see also, this volume, Henry, chap. 1; Barrow, chap. 3; Kern-Foxworth, chap. 10). We will never know how many women tried to enter the field of journalism educa-

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