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November 12, 1987|JOHN VOLAND | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

The National Commission on Working Women released its annual report this week on women in TV--and for the most part the report finds the medium has turned a blind eye toward women. While women appear regularly in 90% of all shows on the 1987-88 TV schedule, the number of women appearing regularly in shows new to the schedule "marks a sharp downturn," the report said. Of 43 leading roles in the new shows, 36 are held by men and seven are women, and 20% of new shows have no female characters whatever. But there is some change. The report added that "working class females and women in non-professional jobs are beginning to inch their way back on the screen after disappearing for more than a decade."

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