Preface and acknowledgments vi
About the authors ix
1 Introduction 1
Part I Research on women and media: a short history 15
2 Women in/as entertainment 17
3 Images of women in news and magazines 37
4 Women as audience 56
5 Women and production: gender and the political economy of media industries 75
Part II Women, media, and the public sphere: shifting the agenda 97
6 Toward a Model of Women’s Media Action 99
7 First path: politics to media 129
8 Second path: media profession to politics 155
9 Third path: advocate change agent 185
10 Fourth path: women’s media enterprises 208
11 Conclusion 231
Appendix: research participants 273
Name index 278
Subject index 284
Linda Steiner, Rutgers University
“The first comprehensive attempt to theorize women's media activism and its relationship to social change. An inspiring chronicle of feminist interventions in media systems world-wide, and a welcome bridge between scholarship and practice.”
Margaret Gallagher, author of Gender Setting: New Agendas for Media Monitoring and Advocacy
“The essays are forays into areas of media studies which will only grow with the growing presence and innovations of women in this central field of contemporary culture.”
Midwest Book Review
"A useful outline of global feminist media scholarship for students and practitioners. The book opens up new directions for future research, tempering an engagement with historical development of women's media activism with attention to the real voices and experiences of current activists and practitioners."
Culture and Policy
- Rooted in a series of interviews with women media workers and activists collected specifically for this book, the text provides an original insight into women’s experiences.
- Explains the ways that women have organized their internal and external campaigns to improve media content (or working conditions) for women, and established womenowned media to gain a public voice.
- Identifies key issues and developments in feminist media critiques and interventions over the last 30 years, as these relate to production, representation and consumption.
- Functions as both a research case study and a teaching text.