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Posted by niyad in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Mon Apr 14th 2008, 04:59 PM
how many of you got to see erika falk on cspan this weekend? she was talking about her book, and how little media coverage of the women who have run for president since 1872 (eight) hasn't really changed much. (counting the seconds until the deniers weigh in)


Women for President

Media Bias in Eight Campaigns
Author: Erika Falk






A timely analysis of gender bias in press coverage of presidential campaigns

When Hillary Clinton announced her 2008 bid for president she was the Democratic front-runner. Despite this, she received less coverage than Barack Obama, who trailed her in the polls. Such a disparity is indicative of 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 eight women who ran for president through 2004--Victoria Woodhull, Belva Lockwood, Margaret Chase Smith, Shirley Chisholm, Patricia Schroeder, Lenora Fulani, Elizabeth Dole, and Carol Moseley Braun--Erika Falk finds little progress in the fair treatment of women candidates. A thorough comparison of the women's campaigns to those of their male opponents reveals a worrisome trend of sexism in press coverage--a trend that still persists today.

While women have been elected to the highest offices in countries such as England, Germany, and India, the idea that a woman could be president of the United States provokes scoffs and ridicule. The press portrays female candidates as unviable, unnatural, and incompetent, and often ignores or belittles women instead of reporting their ideas and intent. Since voters learn most details about presidential candidates through media outlets, Falk asserts that this prevailing bias calls into question the modern democratic assumption that men and women have comparable access to positions of power.

"With Hillary Clinton a serious contender for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, Falk's book is timely."--Publishers Weekly

"The people running Hillary Clintonís presidential campaign probably havenít made time to leaf through the University of Illinois Pressís most recent catalog. Too bad for them. They could have placed an early bulk order for Erika Falkís Women for President: Media Bias in Eight Campaigns. . . . It seems like a book that Clintonís staff would find useful Ė and not just as a projectile to bounce off the heads of members of the press corps." --Inside Higher Ed

" does an excellent job job of pointing out what has changed and what has stayed the same in media coverage of women's political participation (why, for example, always the preoccupation with clothes and hair!)."--Library Journal


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