Women in Australian politics: Mothers only need apply

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Title Women in Australian politics: Mothers only need apply
Author Jenkins, Cathy
Journal Name Pacific Journalism Review
Editor David Robie
Year Published 2006
Place of publication Auckland, NZ
Publisher School of Communication Studies, AUT University
Abstract When Julia Gillard considered running for the leadership of the Australian Labor Party in early 2005, her political enemies immediately raised three reasons for opposing her: she is female, single and without children. These criticisms prompted a flurry of discussion in the media about the relevance of a person's family situation to their ability to work effectively in politics. This article examines the treatment of female politicians by the press over the more than 80 years since the first woman appeared in any Australian parliament. It finds that there continues to be pressure on women to continue in the traditional roles of wife and mother, while more recently, female politicians have had to contend with an extra layer of coverage concentrating on their sexual attributes.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.pjreview.info/
Copyright Statement Copyright 2006 Pacific Journalism Review. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Volume 12
Issue Number 1
Page from 54
Page to 63
ISSN 1023-9499
Date Accessioned 2006-07-12
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject Journalism
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/13696
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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