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The Politician, the Wife, the
Citizen and her Newspaper
article by Charlotte Adcock
A presentation by Richard Lawler and L...
Progress in Parliament?
 1997 elections – more women elected to parliament
than ever before
 120 women = 18%
 “Gendered...
Politics, Parliament and the
Press Society is complacent about women’s position in
parliament
 There is ambiguity as to ...
The Research
• Structural marginalisation of women
• Women were not “newsworthy”
• Different papers took different attitud...
“You can judge a man by his
wife”
 A second “type” of women who featured prominently in the
1997 election’s media coverag...
Conclusions
 Representation of women in this election
varied significantly across different titles
 Few women featured i...
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Richard liam the politician, the wife, the citizen

  1. 1. The Politician, the Wife, the Citizen and her Newspaper article by Charlotte Adcock A presentation by Richard Lawler and Liam Long
  2. 2. Progress in Parliament?  1997 elections – more women elected to parliament than ever before  120 women = 18%  “Gendered politics” prevented women from self- representing  Stereotypes of “womanhood” underpinned media coverage  Progress needs to improve women’s presence as participants in mediated political discourse, not just as examples  Female politicians are more likely to be gendered or sexualised in the media than their male colleagues  The media is complicit in the ongoing sexism of British politics
  3. 3. Politics, Parliament and the Press Society is complacent about women’s position in parliament  There is ambiguity as to why parliament might need more women  Current discourse focuses on barriers that obstruct women’s access to political participation  The media’s role in democracy is widely debated, but we should seek to put a more gender sensitive lens on the debate in order to highlight endemic gender related issues for both politics and the media  In depth analysis of a particular election’s media coverage of women can help to map and analyse women’s representation
  4. 4. The Research • Structural marginalisation of women • Women were not “newsworthy” • Different papers took different attitudes towards women, but all of the major papers under represented and marginalised women
  5. 5. “You can judge a man by his wife”  A second “type” of women who featured prominently in the 1997 election’s media coverage  Cherie Blair and Norma Major presented by the papers as secondary figures, loyally accompanying their husbands  Blair especially was used by the papers, both in support of her husband and to his detriment, but was never discussed in her own right
  6. 6. Conclusions  Representation of women in this election varied significantly across different titles  Few women featured in ways that did not conform to sexualised patterns of media coverage  Current media practices present a large challenge to progress for women in political representation  The burden for alleviating this problem currently lies with female journalists, but should be transferred to the wider industry if progress is to be made

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