Women Politicians and the Media

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University Press of Kentucky, Jan 1, 1996 - Political Science - 235 pages
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All American politicians face the glare of media coverage, but for women seeking or holding high public office, the scrutiny by newspapers and television can be both withering and damaging - a fact that has changed little over the decades despite the emergence of more women in politics and more women in the news media. Maria Braden's pioneering study takes a sweeping look at how the media have influenced - and skewed - public perceptions of women seeking governorships and national office over the past eighty years, from Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to the U.S. House, through the disastrous vice presidential bid of Geraldine Ferraro.
 

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Contents

Going Forward Walking Backward
1
The First and Only
19
The Glamour Girls of Congress
38
A Rose by Any Other Name
50
The Push for Equal Rights
63
Battling Bella
79
Are We There Yet?
89
Almost a Bridesmaid
105
The Kamikaze Campaign and Politics As Usual
134
Nearing the Millennium
144
From a Womans Point of View
166
Ms President?
183
Notes
198
Bibliography
219
Index
225
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