The NY Times has a piece today on the annual BlogHer conference which was held last week. Sadly the Times relegates the piece to the “Style” section while claiming women bloggers are breaking “Blogging’s Glass Ceiling.” The BlogHer conference “began in 2005 to help female bloggers gain exposure,” clearly we still have a long way to go if the Times sticks the piece in the style section and the first two paragraphs read as follows:
FOR two days last week, many of the men’s bathrooms at the Westin St. Francis Hotel here were turned into women’s bathrooms. The stalls on the second floor were lined with note cards featuring nurturing messages like “You are perfect.” Nearby, women were being dusted with blush and eye shadow, or having the kinks in their necks massaged.
There was a lactation room, child care, and onesies for sale emblazoned with the words “my mom is blogging this.” No doubt they were.
Sadly what reporter, Kara Jesella failed to note in her piece is that BlogHer bloggers cover a wide range of topics from women orientated subjects like Beauty and Fashion all the way to Law; Politics and News; Race, Ethnicity & Culture to Research, Academia & Education and ironically, Media & Journalism. Take note, NY Times, women have a lot to topics to blog about and in order to break the glass ceiling the placement of the piece by Kara Jesella could have and should have been some where other than the “Style” section.
Erin Kotecki Vest, the Political Director at BlogHer.com responded to the NY Times piece here. It’s rather astounding that in the midst of presidential election season in which we just had a very viable woman candidate who came very close to winning the nomination, not word one was said about the women bloggers who worked so very hard in the political blogosphere with their support for Hillary Clinton.
Maybe when the media wakes up and starts paying attention to the fact that women bloggers do have lot to say about a lot of topics, the “36 million women” who “participate in the blogosphere each week, and 15 million of them have their own blogs” might get beyond the “Style” section of the NY Times.
The Times blew an awesome opportunity to give women in the blogosphere their due. Maybe next year they’ll get it right… But I doubt it.