Gender issues in newspaper coverage of people with disabilities: a Canada-Israel comparison

Women Health. 1999;29(4):75-96. doi: 10.1300/J013v29n04_05.


This research compared how over a three-month period Canadian and Israeli newspapers wrote about females and males with disabilities. The results showed that in both countries there was significantly greater coverage of males than females. In addition, different (and stereotypical) types of details were used to describe the two groups, and females were associated with different kinds of problems than males, including a higher incidence of violence and victimization. There were also some significant differences between the male and female journalists in this study, and evidence of sexism within the newspaper industry. This paper concludes with some ideas for altering the images of disabled women in the media.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison*
  • Cultural Characteristics*
  • Disabled Persons*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Israel
  • Journalism*
  • Male
  • Newspapers as Topic*
  • Sex Factors
  • Women's Health