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Women make up less than a fifth of those quoted in UK newspaper reporting of business and finance news. Although over the last 20 years there has been a slow but steady rise in references to women, and in the reporting of their voices and opinions, this falls far short of equality, and women are even more underrepresented among notable business people featured in the press.
These are the key conclusions of this report, which uses techniques drawn from the world of machine learning to analyse almost a quarter of a million articles taken from the Business section of the Guardian over the last two decades, and three business-focused news publications – the Financial Times, the Economist and City A.M. over the last six years.