INSIDE/OUT CONVERSATION WITH MOLLY SCHIOT FOR UNESCO WORLD RADIO DAY

 
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We are honored to be here in partnership with UNESCO on this 7th annual World Radio Day. This year’s theme is Radio and Sports. Under the sub-theme of Gender Equality in Sports Broadcasting, Inside/Out joins radio stations and related organizations around the world to celebrate and contribute to this democratic debate.

Gender ratios in sports remain highly unequal around the globe. Currently, women represent only 7% of sportspeople seen, heard or read about in the media. And only 4% of sports coverage focuses primarily on women. 

In an effort to recognize these challenges, while simultaneously encouraging constructive conversation, we have invited Molly Schiot to join us. Molly is an LA-based artist, director and the creative force behind the celebrated Instagram account The Unsung Heroines. Her subsequent book Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History, is a celebration of the pioneering, forgotten female athletes of the 20th century.

We hope you enjoy the following conversation about sports, gender stereotypes and – most importantly – promoting equal opportunities for women in sports, media and beyond.

(The podcast is only available in English).

 

Journalist: Alison Beckner, Production: Nouvelles Écoutes, Music: Arianna Solare

 

On gender discrimination in the media industry:

"When people say discrimination, they automatically think that it's like someone shouting something at you or saying something inappropriate. For me, I've never experienced any of that. It's mostly just been far more subtle where I just don't get put up for jobs as much."

"Most of the times, people at the top will say, 'Oh, let me have my friend direct that,' or 'Oh, I know someone that would be perfect,' and it's just the people that are right in front of them. I think it takes a little bit more, or it takes a certain type of person, to think about hiring women or hiring people of color."


On the inception of Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History:

"It doesn't take a genius to be like, 'Oh my gosh, how has there not been a book about women's sports that has come out before?"


On the lack of media coverage that female athletes are receiving:

"I think that the only way to change that small percentage of women being covered is either getting men that really give a shit about women and women's stories, or to put women in those higher-up executive positions."


On the feminization of sports media being a catalyst to decreasing gender discrimination on a larger level:

"If it's a really good story, a really good show or a really good team...people are going to watch it."