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Women, Media and Politics

Ed. Pippa Norris 

Book published 1996 Oxford University Press  0195105672, paper, 288 pages  $26  

Gender is one of the primary fault lines running through contemporary American politics. The political agenda has become deeply polarized by such issues as affirmative action, abortion rights, and welfare reform. In short, gender politics, once regarded as marginal, has emerged as one of the core dividing lines in identifying politicians, parties, issues, and voters in America.

Not surprising, the way media covers gender politics has long been a matter of contention. The issue at the heart of this book is whether, as critics suggest, media coverage of women in America reinforces rather than challenges the dominant culture, thereby contributing towards women's marginalization in public life.

A collection of original essays by twenty-one top academics and journalists is the first book to systematically examine the impact of the media on women's power in America. It focuses on how the role of American women as citizens, political leaders, and feminist activists has been influenced by the media, for better or worse, in recent decades. Using multi-method approaches involving surveys, content analysis, focus groups, interviews, and personal experience, the authors analyze the role of women as journalists, the impact of campaign coverage, images of women in power, and coverage of women's movements and feminist policy issues.

Women, Media, and Politics will be an important resource for both experts and informed readers interested in contemporary political and social debate.



Pippa Norris: Introduction: Women, Media, and Politics

Part I. Women as Journalists
1 David Weaver: Women as Journalists
2 Kay Mills: What Difference do Women Journalists Make?

Part II. Campaign Coverage
3 Kim Fridkin Kahn and Ann Gordon: How Women Campaign For the U.S. Senate: Substance and Strategy
4 Shanto Iyengar, Nicholas A. Valentino, Stephen Ansolabehere, and Adam F. Simon: The Effects of Gender Stereotypes on Women's Campaigns
5 Montague Kern and Marion Just: A Gender Gap Among Viewers?
6 Everett Carll Ladd: Media Framing of The Gender Gap

Part III. Changing Images of Women in Power
7 Susan J. Carroll and Ronnee Schreiber: Media Coverage of Women in the 103rd Congress
8 Pippa Norris: Women Leaders Worldwide: A Splash of Color in the Photo Op
9 Betty Houchin Winfield: The First Lady, Political Power and the Media: Who Elected Her Anyway?

Part IV: Framing the Women's Movement, Feminism and Public Policy
10 Leonie Huddy: Feminists and Feminism in the News
11 Anne N. Costain, Richard Braunstein, and Heidi Berggren: Framing The Women's Movement
12 Andrew Kohut and Kimberly Parker: Talk Radio and Gender Politics
13 Maurine H. Beasley: How Can Media Coverage of Women be Improved?: Guidelines for Good Practice

Notes about Contributors


Copyright 2004 Pippa Norris, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge MA 02138. www.pippanorris.co

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