Women's protest and International Women's Day in the Australian media

Strong, C 2012, 'Women's protest and International Women's Day in the Australian media', in Proceedings of the 2012 TASA Conference: Emerging and Enduring Inequalities, Queensland, Australia, 26-29 November 2012, pp. 1-6.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Women's protest and International Women's Day in the Australian media
Author(s) Strong, C
Year 2012
Conference name TASA 2012: Emerging and Enduring Inequalities
Conference location Queensland, Australia
Conference dates 26-29 November 2012
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 2012 TASA Conference: Emerging and Enduring Inequalities
Publisher The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
Place of publication Hawthorn, Australia
Start page 1
End page 6
Total pages 6
Abstract This paper examines the frequency and content of Australian media reporting of International Women's Day between 1970 and 2005. The data presented here has been drawn from the protest events database compiled as part of the Mapping the Australian Women's Movement (MAWM) project. While quantitative analysis of the data collected has revealed definite trends in the number and type of event recorded, in this paper I have taken the opportunity to use the materials collected for this purpose to more closely examine how the Australian media has responded to and reported women's activism, using International Women's Day (IWD) as a case study. Mining the material in this way also allows us to at least partially negate some of the weaknesses of using protest event analysis to examine feminist activity (Bagguley 2009). This is achieved by considering gaps in media coverage as well as the way the 'public identity' (van Zoonen 1992) of the women's movement can be constructed in the media in ways that can work counter to the aims of the movement.
Subjects Social Change
Keyword(s) feminism
protest
activism
media
gender
Copyright notice © 2012 TASA
ISBN 9780646587837
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