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Press Portrayals of Women Politicians, 1870s-2000s: From "Lunatic" Woodhull to "Polarizing" Palin - Women in American Political History (Paperback)
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Press Portrayals of Women Politicians, 1870s-2000s: From "Lunatic" Woodhull to "Polarizing" Palin - Women in American Political History (Paperback)

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Paperback 228 Pages / Published: 19/05/2017
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This book analyzes newspaper coverage of four pioneering women politicians between the 1870s and 2000s to understand how media discourse of women politicians has and hasn't changed over 150 years. In addition, the book provides historical context of the political, feminist, and journalistic cultures that influenced how reporters covered these women.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9781498524261
Number of pages: 228
Weight: 345 g
Dimensions: 227 x 152 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Press Portrayals ofWomen Politicians is organized and written logically, coherently, and persuasively. The chapters progress chronologically, guiding the reader through news coverage of female political candidates during various waves of feminism and shifts in journalistic norms. The case studies follow similar structures, enabling a clear progression of ideas and comparison across female candidates. In its tone and structure, the book reads, at times, like it may have evolved from a doctoral dissertation but is engaging and accessible. It will appeal to scholars across disciplines and readers with an interest in gender, politics, and media at their various intersections. In the short term, it is timely in light of the upcoming 2016 presidential election and Hillary Clinton's place within it. In the long term, it is a lasting contribution to knowledge about political women pioneers specifically and women's political history generally. * American Journalism: A Media History Journal *
In this relevant and thought-provoking book, Finneman reveals a historical arc of discursive inequality in mainstream media coverage of women politicians and how this gendered framing has consistently been used to limit women's advancement in the American political arena. This book should be core reading for students and teachers of gender, politics, and the American media. -- Candi S. Carter Olson, Utah State University
This careful historical study of campaign news coverage illustrates the nexus of gendered norms and tropes that cross party lines in discourses legitimating and/or delegitimating women's political leadership-and it is unique in offering practical advice for both politicians and journalists. While Finneman's findings are particularly insightful for feminist scholars struggling to sift through complex portraits of conservative female figures in both campaign rhetoric and media representations, her analysis touches on much larger themes of cultural stasis and change. In attending to particular differences as well as larger patterns, Finneman provides a detailed mapping of the media landscape on which gender in contemporary U.S. political culture is operating. -- Joan Faber McAlister, Drake University
Finneman engages in the important work of documenting the races of historically important women politicians and analyzing the press coverage in a way that helps advance our generalized understanding of how the press operates with regard to the changing role of women in the political sphere. This is a well-written and enjoyable book that adds important new data and analysis to the literature on press coverage of political women. It tackles an important topic and does it well. -- Erika Falk, author of Women for President

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