Women for President: Media Bias in Nine Campaigns

Women for President: Media Bias in Nine Campaigns

by Erika Falk
Women for President: Media Bias in Nine Campaigns

Women for President: Media Bias in Nine Campaigns

by Erika Falk

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Overview

Newly updated to examine Hillary Clinton's formidable 2008 presidential campaign, Women for President analyzes the gender bias the media has demonstrated in covering women candidates since the first woman ran for America's highest office in 1872. Tracing the campaigns of nine women who ran for president through 2008--Victoria Woodhull, Belva Lockwood, Margaret Chase Smith, Shirley Chisholm, Patricia Schroeder, Lenora Fulani, Elizabeth Dole, Carol Moseley Braun, and Hillary Clinton--Erika Falk finds little progress in the fair treatment of women candidates. The press portrays female candidates as unviable, unnatural, and incompetent, and often ignores or belittles women instead of reporting their ideas and intent. This thorough comparison of men's and women's campaigns reveals a worrisome trend of sexism in press coverage--a trend that still persists today.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252096051
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 12/01/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 240
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Erika Falk is the associate program chair for the master's degree program in communication at Johns Hopkins University and the former research director of the Washington office of the Annenberg Public Policy Center.

Table of Contents

Contents Introduction 1. Why Worry about the Press? 2. What Papers Say about Women Seeking Presidential Office 3. Stereotypes and Women Candidates for President 4. High Heeled Boots and Violet Suits 5. Do Newspapers Give Equal Coverage to Men and Women Presidential Candidates? 6. Substantive Coverage of Men and Women Candidates 7. Is America Ready? Conclusion Appendix: How the Research was Conducted
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