From barriers to challenges: Career perceptions of women TV news anchors

Erika Engstrom, Anthony J. Ferri

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A survey of 128 local women anchors found that they rank concerns with their physical appearance, conflicts between the roles of wife/mother and newscaster, and difficulties in balancing career and family as their major career challenges. A comparison of this study's results with those of a 1986 study shows that women anchors today continue to perceive physical appearance as a major challenge in their work. However, their concerns about entry into the profession have shifted to issues related to the maintenance of career and family goals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)789-802
Number of pages14
JournalJournalism and Mass Communication Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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