After Sarah Vowell made a wonderful and hilarious appearance on the Daily Show last week, those of us here at the OpEd Project got to wondering how many women have joined her ranks at the seat of honor across from Jon Stewart. A brief survey of the past 200 guests on the show (as displayed on their website) shows that just 42 interviewees were female.
Perhaps more interesting is a comparison in the type of expertise between male and female guests:
Politicians: 35 male, 5 female
Actors: 33 male, 16 female
Authors: 31 male, 6 female
Journalists: 15 male, 7 female
Where the largest category of male guests was that of politics, by far the largest category of female guests was that of actors. While almost half of the journalists interviewed were female, only 16% of all authors interviewed were women.
Stewart also interviewed 2 male military experts, 7 musicians, 6 movie directors, and 2 scientists, but no women from any of those categories.
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