Academic journal article Journalism History

Women, Media, and Politics

Academic journal article Journalism History

Women, Media, and Politics

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Norris, Pippa, ed. Women, Media, and Politics. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996. 269 pp. $17.95.

Women, Media, and Politics contains thirteen essays on the impact of the media on women's power in the United States. Twenty-two academics and journalists contributed, including the editor, Pippa Norris, a lecturer at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

This book arrives as eight women join the U.S. Senate in 1997 and will provide discussion for introductory to graduate classes in both journalism and mass communications. Norris notes that gender politics has emerged as a dividing line between U.S. politicians, parties, issues and voters. She set as her goal an examination of the way the media frames gender politics to determine if this hinders women's participation in public life. To this end, the essays address women as journalists, campaign coverage of both men and women candidates, changing images of women in power, and the framing of the women's movement, feminism and public policy.

Many of the essays relate data from empirical studies and interviews conducted by the authors. To some extent these are limited to studies of one newspaper such as the New York Times, or secondary analyses of poll data. However, each chapter contains cross references to other comments and information in the book, and this adds to its usefulness as a discussion tool. …

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