In a meeting on women’s role in the state-run media, one of the researchers in women’s affairs admitted, “According to official figures, 60 per cent of officially registered reporters in Iran are women,
but the media have not paid attention to the main issues involving women in this profession… Also 60 per cent of university entrees are women, yet many of these women have to stay home after graduation.”
Rawad Rad, researcher on women, noted the change Iranian women have undergone over the past decades and said, “The picture our media depict of women belongs to 30 years ago, while we should distinguish between an illiterate and an educated housewife. The media have not paid attention to this fact and the picture they present of Iranian women is a naïve being that can only wash and cook and clean.”
Without providing any figures, she said “women’s presence is more prominent in public relation jobs, and very pale in managerial positions.” She also pointed to “pink-collar” jobs that are special to women and are lower than the white-collar jobs occupied by men.
(State-run Fars news agency, Aug. 24, 2015)