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Underrepresenting reality? Media coverage of women in politics and sport
Courtney, Michael; Breen, Michael; McGing, Claire; McMenamin, Iain; O'Malley, Eoin; Rafter, Kevin
Objective. How do surges in female representation in public life affect media coverage? Can the media underrepresent the reality of women’s progress? If so, is the source of underrepresentation the media itself or the selectorates that brief the media? Methods. Using automatic content analysis, we study two remarkable step changes in women’s role in public life in Ireland: the 2016 elections and 2012 Olympics. Results. The increase in female participation was associated with a new and substantial gender gap in coverage, which we attribute to the media, not selectorates. Conclusion. We cannot assume that media coverage will increase proportionally as women advance in public life. The re-emergence of bias when female representation jumps may also exist outside the media in any context where there are large numbers of decisions about whether to favour males or females.
Keyword(s): Mass media; Political science; Sociology; Gender; elections; sport; mass media; unconscious bias; Ireland; Olympics
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Type: Other
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: Dublin City University
Citation(s): Courtney, Michael, Breen, Michael ORCID: 0000-0002-5857-9938 <>, McGing, Claire, McMenamin, Iain ORCID: 0000-0002-1704-390X <>, O'Malley, Eoin ORCID: 0000-0002-9548-5666 <> and Rafter, Kevin ORCID: 0000-0001-9914-5223 <> (2020) Underrepresenting reality? Media coverage of women in politics and sport. Social Science Quarterly . ISSN 0038-4941
Publisher(s): Wiley
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