Women earn less, experience negative company cultures and still face a glass ceiling in the communications industries


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Clear, objective and robust communications reported or distributed by individuals representative of the population they serve are the foundation of a democracy. Even though women make up more than half the population of the United States, and also compose three-fourths of the graduates of college and university communication schools today, a survey of the communication industries in 2018 revealed the following highlights:

Women earn lower salaries than men

  • Women are more likely to spend fewer years in the communications professions than men and lack longevity in their current positions
  • More women are middle managers and in junior level positions, while men dominate top management positions
  • The culture of the company often prevents women from being promoted in favor of men
  • Most communicators, both men, and women, enter their positions without any digital training and do not receive digital training in their current jobs


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Keynote Speaker

Dianne Festa, Senior Vice President, News Partnerships for NBC News

Distinguished Speakers

Val DiFebo, CEO, Deutsch New York

Jennifer Griffin, National Security Correspondent – FOX News

Ellen Weiss, Chief of Washington Bureau and Vice President of The E. W. Scripps Company


Location: Florida International University in Washington, D.C.

440 1st Street NW, Suite 860

Washington, D.C. 20001

For more information, contact:  E-mail: kcenter@fiu.edu,

Contact: 305-919-4065

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