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Women and the media: feminism and femininity in Britain, 1900 to the present

Women and the media: feminism and femininity in Britain, 1900 to the present

McNamara, Sallie, editor of compilation; Andrews, Maggie, editor of compilation

The media have played a significant role in the contested and changing social position of women in Britain since the 1900s. They have facilitated feminism by both providing discourses and images from which women can construct their identities, and offering spaces where hegemonic ideas of femininity can be reworked. This volume is intended to provide an overview of work on Broadcasting, Film and Print Media from 1900, while appealing to scholars of History and Media, Film and Cultural Studies. This edited collection features tightly focused and historically contextualised case studies which showcase current research on women and media in Britain since the 1900s. The case studies explore media directed at a particularly female audience such as Woman's Hour,and magazines such as Vogue, Woman and Marie Claire. Women who work in the media, issues of production, and regulation are discussed alongside the representation of women across a broad range of media from early 20th-century motorcycling magazines, Page 3 and regional television news

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Published New York: Routledge, 2014
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Maggie Andrews and Sallie McNamara
ISBN: 0203074122, 9780203074121, 9780415660365
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (ix, 265 pages, unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations.
Series: Routledge research in gender and history ; 18
Subject: Feminism Great Britain History.; Feminism and mass media Great Britain History.; Women Great Britain History.; Women in mass media History.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Dawson Books. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Routledge research in gender and history.
Other formats: Also available in printed form.


  1. Introduction Maggie Andrews and Sallie McNamara
  2. Section 1
  3. Women and Media in the Era of Enfranchisement, 1900-1939
  4. 1. "Elated, Exhilarated and Emancipated"
  5. Representations of Women's Motorcycle Riding in the Motorcycling Media, 1903-1914 Rosey Whorlow and Sallie McNamara 2. "From Women's Hourto Other Women's Lives
  6. The BBC Talks for Women and the Women Who Made Them, 1923-1939 Kate Murphy 3. Lady Eleanor Smith
  7. The Society Column, 1927-1930 Sallie McNamara
  8. Section 2
  9. Women in War and Peace
  10. The 1940s and 1950s
  11. 4. A View from the Frontline
  12. The War Photography of Lee Miller Janet Harrison 5. Prostitution, Adultery and Illegitimacy
  13. Tortuous Couplings and Unstable Sexual Repression in Wartime Film Maggie Andrews 6. Striving for Editorial Autonomy and Internal Recognition
  14. The Setting Up of BBC's Woman's Hour, 1946-1955 Kristin Skoog 7. Women's Viewpoint
  15. Representing and Constructing Femininity in Early 1950s Television for Women Mary Irwin 8. "But What About Mum?"
  16. Journalist, Architect, Wife, Mother
  17. Diana Rowntree Glenda Strong
  18. Section 3
  19. The Long 1960s
  20. Cultural Revolution?
  21. 9. Women and Woman
  22. Representations of Youthful Femininity in the "World's Greatest Weekly for Women", 1954-1969 Rachel Ritchie 10. The Gendering of Racism in Social Problem Films Maggie Andrews 11. "Should Women Be Bus Drivers?" Defending a Permanent Position for Women on the Buses in ATV's Regional Television News, 1963-1979 Gillian Murray 12. Pin-Up Culture and Page 3 in the Popular Press Adrian Bingham
  23. Section 4: '80s and '90s
  24. Thatcherism and Its Legacy
  25. 13. The Iron Lady and the Working Girl
  26. The Image of the Prostitute in 1980s British Cinema Paul Elliott 14. Feminism and Femininity
  27. The Potential Politics of Consuming Popular Culture
  28. A Case Study of Marie Claire'sReportage of Global Humanitarian Politics Maggie Andrews 15. What's Luff Got to Do with It?
  29. Teenage Magazines, Sexuality and Regulation in the 1990s Fan Carter 16. Fantasies, Factions and Unlikely Feminist Heroines in Contemporary Heritage Films Maggie Andrews

Author note

Maggie Andrews is a Professor of Cultural History at the University of Worcester.

Sallie McNamara is a Senior Lecturer in Cultural Theory at Southampton Solent University.