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Women’s Media Center: Fox News Website Has Best Online Gender Ratio

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The Women's Media Center, led by feminist icon Gloria Steinem and actress Jane Fonda, said in a new report that Fox News' website leads the online media industry in gender parity.

The women's group released its annual "Divided 2017" report on Wednesday, which examined who provides coverage for 20 top news outlets in the form of broadcast, newspapers, online news, and wire services.

The study focused on the percentage of male and female journalists who report the news, looking for potential gender imbalances. It analyzed broadcast news from ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS; the online news sites of CNN, Fox News, Huffington Post, and the Daily Beast; and ten of the nation's most widely circulated newspapers.

One section of the report examined which outlets "achieve the best gender ratio" for online news, showing that Fox News came in first with men receiving 50.1 percent of bylines and women receiving 49.9 percent of bylines.

The liberal Huffington Post finished second behind Fox with 50.8 percent of bylines going to men and 49.2 percent to women.

Overall, 53.9 percent of the online bylines analyzed were men.

Online news in general has greater gender parity than others media sectors, according to the report.

Women garner more bylines, 46.1 percent of all bylines, at the four online news sites analyzed than the other sectors combined.

The Women's Media Center was co-founded by Steinem, Fonda, and feminist writer Robin Morgan in 2005, according to the Hill.