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Women, Media, and Elections

Representation and Marginalization in British Politics

By Emily Harmer

Published

Oct 6, 2021

Page count

212 pages

ISBN

978-1529204940

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Oct 6, 2021

Page count

212 pages

ISBN

978-1529204964

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Oct 6, 2021

Page count

212 pages

ISBN

978-1529204964

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Women, Media, and Elections

In the century since women were first eligible to stand and vote in British general elections, they have relied on news media to represent their political perspectives in the public realm.

This book provides a systematic analysis of electoral coverage by charting how women candidates, voters, politicians' spouses, and party leaders have been portrayed in newspapers since 1918.

The result is a fascinating account of both continuity and change in the position of women in British politics. The book demonstrates that for women to be effectively represented in the political domain, they must also be effectively represented in the public discussion of politics that takes place in the media.

“This is a solid, important, and original book, showcasing the ways women in politics have historically been marginalized and why it matters. It highlights the important lessons that the public and scholars can draw – including challenging the continued marginalization of female politicians and voters.” Kaitlynn Mendes, Western University

Emily Harmer is Lecturer in Media at the University of Liverpool.

1. Women in Political News: Representation and Marginalization

2. The Candidates: Making the House (of Commons) Their Home?

3. The Voter: Housewives and Mothers

4. The Spouses and Relatives: From ‘Ideal Election Wife’ to ‘Just Another Political Wife'

5. The Leaders: ‘Iron Ladies’ and ‘Dangerous’ Women

6. Lessons from a Century of Reporting on Women in Elections