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Women, media and elections

Representation and marginalisation in British politics

By Emily Harmer

Published

Oct 1, 2021

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1529204940

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Oct 1, 2021

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1529204964

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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    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, 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.

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

    Mediation and Marginalization;

    The Candidates: Seats for Women;

    The Voter: Housewives and Mothers;

    The Spouse and Relative: From ‘Ideal election wife’ to ‘just another political wife’;

    The Leaders: ‘Iron ladies’ and ‘dangerous’ women;

    Lessons from a century of reporting women.