For no good reason other than sexism, the larger part of high-profile journalists is a pool of wealthy men.
According to the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, the number of women studying journalism and working in the media is increasing, yet they remain a minority in top journalistic roles.
In the Arab world, hundreds of brave female news reporters and journalists are paving the way towards gender equality in the field.
Here are 10 of the most influential and prominent female television journalists in the Arab world.
1. Lojain Omran - KSA
2. Lamees Al Hadidi - Egypt
Lamees Al Hadidi is an Egyptian journalist, broadcast presenter at CBC, and weekly columnist for Al Masry Al Youm. She is also the CEO of "Al Alam Al Youm" (The World Today,) Egypt’s first independent business newspaper.
She was awarded "Best Female Presenter" by DG Festival in 2012 and 2015, and a special award by the DG committee in 2010. She was also ranked #31 in Arabian Business' "The World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women."
3. Hala Gorani - Syrian-American
She's covered major events in the Middle East such as the 2011 Arab Spring, the 2006 Hezbollah-Israel war, and the 2014 Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon.
She has earned numerous awards and recognitions over the years, including an Emmy award in News and Documentary for CNN's coverage of the Egyptian revolution. She also ranks at #8 on Forbes' "The Most Powerful Arab Women 2015".
4. Ola Al-Fares - Jordan
Ola Al-Fares is a Jordanian lawyer, journalist, producer, brand ambassador, and at one point MBC's youngest television presenter.
She showed exceptional potential at a young age as she graduated school at age 16, trained as a TV reporter at 17 - becoming the youngest TV reporter in the Arab world - and graduated from law school at just 19.
Al-Fares earned a spot on Forbes' "The Top 100 Arab Celebrities" list at #60 with 8.31 million followers on social media - making her the second most followed Jordanian woman on Twitter after Queen Rania.
5. Hoda Kotb - Egyptian-American
Hoda Kotb is an American-born Egyptian news anchor, TV host, and best-selling author. She is best known as the co-host of NBC’s fourth hour of the "TODAY" show with Kathie Lee Gifford, which elected them to win a Daytime Emmy Award in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
6. Dena Takruri - Palestinian-American
She has gained international recognition due to her authentic reporting and coverage of pressing issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Takruri's Arab and Muslim background, alongside her career, led her to become a featured personality in the Peabody and Emmy nominated series “The Secret Life of Muslims.”
7. Raya Abirached - Lebanon
She is one of the first Arab journalists to interview A-list stars such as Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, and Beyoncé. Abirached covers all the major awards ceremonies and film festivals such as the Oscars and Cannes Film Festival.
8. Zainab Salbi - Iraq
Zainab Salbi is an Iraqi humanitarian, television host, and author. She is the founder and former CEO of Washington-based Women for Women International as well as the editor-at-large at Women in The World, run in association with the New York Times.
Salbi's talkshow "The Nida’a Show" is dedicated to addressing and inspiring women in the Arab world. She has many celebrity guests, including Oprah Winfrey, who had her first interview in the Arab world through this show.
The Iraqi feminist has a long list of awards and recognitions, including getting the #20 spot on Arabian Business' "The 100 World's Most Influential Arabs 2017" and being among the "Most Influential Women on Social Media" by Wear Your Voice Magazine.
9. Wafaa Al Kilani - Egypt
Wafaa Al Kilani is an Egyptian television presenter known for her unique style of getting up close and personal with celebrities.
10. Suhair al-Qayssei - Iraq
Suhair Al-Qayssei is an Iraqi senior news anchor at MBC after ten years of reporting for Al Arabiya news. She is one of the most distinguished Iraqi presenters in the Arab world, taking on political hard-talk programs and debates.
Al-Qayssei was named a "Red Crescent Goodwill Ambassador" in 2008, a "celebrity partner to Iraq" by the United Nations’ World Food Program in 2016, and #100 on Arabian Business' "The 100 World's Most Influential Arabs 2017."