A spine of steel and a heart of gold: newspaper coverage of the first female Speaker of the House

@article{Dabbous2010ASO,
  title={A spine of steel and a heart of gold: newspaper coverage of the first female Speaker of the House},
  author={Yasmine Tarek Dabbous and Amy S Ladley},
  journal={Journal of Gender Studies},
  year={2010},
  volume={19},
  pages={181 - 194}
}
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