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Washington Post makes big error on women's cover

Last Updated Jan 8, 2017 at 7:33 am EST

The Washington Post used the wrong symbol (the man or Mars sign) to illustrate an article about a women's march. They corrected the error later on Jan. 5, 2017.

The day after Donald Trump is inaugurated, hundreds of thousands of women are expected to march in Washington in protest.

The Washington Post made it the cover story of their Express free daily newspaper, saying the major march had a modest start.

There’s just one problem: instead of using the symbol for women, or Venus symbol, the cover showed an enormous man, or Mars, sign.

Take a look below:

The Washington Post used the wrong image (the Mars, or man, symbol) to illustrate an article about a women's march on Washington.
The Washington Post used the wrong image (the Mars, or man, symbol) to illustrate an article about a women’s march on Washington.

 

The Post quickly realized the error, and tweeted out an apology and a corrected cover.

The Washington Post apologized for using the wrong symbol on a cover article on Feb. 5, 2016.
The Washington Post apologized for using the wrong symbol on a cover article on Feb. 5, 2016.
The Washington Post used the wrong image (the Mars, or man, symbol) to illustrate an article about a women's march on Washington. This is the corrected image, issued later on Feb. 5, 2017.
The Washington Post used the wrong image (the Mars, or man, symbol) to illustrate an article about a women’s march on Washington. This is the corrected image, issued later on Feb. 5, 2017.

 

“It was so funny I’m not even mad,” Laura Shortridge ‏(@DiscordianKitty) wrote on Twitter.

Hire more women,” wrote @AshleyLLouise. Her Twitter handle is “She Got More Votes,” referencing Hillary Clinton’s 2.7 million lead in the popular vote.

Some readers suggested the error was the result of newsroom layoffs, with copy editors and fact checkers often the first to go.

Others said it was part of the gender imbalance in newsrooms.