Is TV news women’s work?

Is TV news women’s work?

Is the content-creation side of network TV news dominated by women? I realized the other day that every time I hear about a network news producer, that person is a woman.

The most famous current example would probably be Mary Mapes, who was the producer on the “fake but accurate” National Guard George Bush memos in 2004. Do a Google search on the topic and almost every time a producer is mentioned, it’s a woman.

Why is that?

Is there something about the job that attracts women to it? Is it really this dominated by women? And, if it is so gender-unbalanced, does that affect how the news is produced?

I wish I could get these questions answered. Hmm.