Women in the Blogosphere: The Data

WOMEN IN THE BLOGOSPHERE: THE DATA…. MyDD has helpfully culled Henry Copeland’s blogads survey data for some demographic facts:

Gender, Mean Age, Median Income
	Female	 Male Age	Income
All	 24.5	 75.5 41.4	$79.2K
Dem	 31.0	 69.0 40.4	$77.3K
Rep	 19.3	 80.7 44.5	$87.6K
Ind	 22.2	 77.8 41.5	$74.0K
Lib	 13.4	 86.6 38.1	$83.6K
Green	 26.0	 74.1 38.4	$60.2K
Other*	 26.3	 73.7 40.2	 N/A

Partisan Self-Identification (%)
  All Women Men 
Dem 39.3 48.3 34.8
Rep 27.3 20.9 28.3
Ind 19.0 16.7 19.1
Lib 7.7  4.1  8.6
Green 4.0  4.2  3.9
Other 2.6  5.8  5.3

  Under 21 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 60+
Dem 40.9 42.0 39.5 36.4 36.5 31.9
Rep 20.7 17.7 23.7 30.6 30.6 38.2
Ind 14.2 19.2 19.1 17.9 19.0 17.8
Lib 9.9  9.7  8.5  6.8  5.5  4.3
Green 4.5  5.2  4.6  3.1  2.9  2.9
Other 9.8  6.1  4.5  5.1  5.6  4.9

Writes MyDD’s Chris Bowers: “The comparative dearth of women in the political blogosphere is striking among all groups, with 75.5% of those who responded identifying themselves as male. It would appear that the number one way Democrats can strengthen their netroots is to bring more women into the process.”

That’s an important point, and raises an interesting question. Given the demographics of Democrats reading blogs (31 percent female, as compared to 19 percent for the Republicans and only 13 percent for libertarians) is the relative dearth of linking to female bloggers on the left contributing to the lesser intensity of left-blogosphere linkiness?

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