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Tracking the gender gap in Canadian media


By Maite Taboada and Fatemeh Torabi Asr“I BELIEVE THAT ALL voices are equal and deserving of equal respect.” That’s what Siri responds when asked if she is a feminist.We share Siri’s sentiment. That’s why, using computational linguistics — the technology behind voice-activated assistants — we’ve created the Gender Gap Tracker to help us analyze how Canadian media represent women’s voices.Using the Gender Gap Tracker, in partnership with Informed Opinions and supported by Simon Fraser University, we’ve downloaded and analyzed thousands of news articles posted on mainstream media outlets in Canada, including CBC, CTV, Global, Huffington Post, the National Post, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. Our research,...