Media Representations of Women Politicians in Australia and New Zealand: High Expectations, Hostility or Stardom

  title={Media Representations of Women Politicians in Australia and New Zealand: High Expectations, Hostility or Stardom},
  author={Elizabeth van Acker},
  journal={Policy and Society},
  pages={116 - 136}
Abstract Senior women politicians are a novelty, receiving enormous media attention. They have had to deal with high expectations in the media and other political institutions such as Parliament. This essay examines media portrayals of women politicians in Australia and New Zealand. It argues that the media embrace women quickly and fully early in their careers, but attack them very fiercely when things go wrong. The media creates elevated hopes around them when they enter the political arena… Expand
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