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Author Finneman, Teri Ann, author

Title Press portrayals of women politicians, 1870s-2000s : from "lunatic" Woodhull to "polarizing" Palin / Teri Finneman
Published Lanham : Lexington Books, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource (vii, 219 pages) : illustrations
Series Women in American political history
Women in American political history.
Contents Politics, power, and the press -- Media vilification of Victoria Woodhull -- Media legitimization of Jeannette Rankin -- Media negligence of Margaret Chase Smith -- Media celebritization of Sarah Palin -- From Woodhull to Palin and moving forward
Summary "Recent history suggests the United States is within reach of its first woman president. This book examines the media experiences of women political pioneers who helped pave the way to the breaking of the glass ceiling. It analyzes newspaper treatment of four pioneering politicians between the 1870s and 2000s and explores how media discourse of women politicians has and hasn't changed over 150 years. The women featured are Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president; Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress; Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman to receive a presidential nomination at a major party's convention; and Sarah Palin, the first Republican woman vice presidential candidate. The social, political, and journalistic cultures of each woman's era are also explored to provide context for the women's media coverage. The findings illustrate that the press has used a variety of discursive strategies to delegitimize the candidacies of women politicians throughout history, which might have contributed to negative voter attitudes toward women in politics. Gendered stereotypes, gendered news frames, and double binds utilized in news coverage served to protect a male-dominated status quo. Yet a significant finding in Palin's coverage indicates that gender bias in news coverage is increasingly facing criticism, suggesting the tide may finally be turning in favor of more equalized discourse"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-209) and index
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Subject Palin, Sarah, 1964- -- Public opinion.
Rankin, Jeannette, 1880-1973 -- Public opinion.
Smith, Margaret Chase, 1897-1995 -- Public opinion.
Woodhull, Victoria C. (Victoria Claflin), 1838-1927 -- Public opinion.
Discourse analysis -- Political aspects -- United States.
Mass media -- Political aspects -- United States -- History.
Press and politics -- United States -- History.
Public opinion -- United States -- History.
Sexism in political culture -- United States -- History.
Women politicians -- Press coverage -- United States -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1498524257 (electronic bk.)
9781498524254 (electronic bk.)