I am a Woman, Hear Me: Shifts in Women's Representations in the Printed Media

By Jarmila Hickman.

Published by The International Journal of the Humanities: Annual Review

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Headlines are influential texts that endeavour to shape our view of the world and our language; over the years, they have attracted much interest. There is a sizeable body of research that examines their various aspects. However, one area has not been fully addressed - headlines on the front pages of newspapers that look at gender representation. This comparative longitudinal study strives to fill the gap by examining the representation of male and female news actors in the front page headlines of two national broadsheets, The Guardian (UK) and Izvestiia (RU), in order to assess how balanced the reporting of the individuals in these groups is and if change over time can be detected. Findings presented in this paper show that there is a minimal increase in the representation of women.

Keywords: Gender Representation, Printed Media, Headlines, Evaluation

The International Journal of the Humanities: Annual Review, Volume 11, pp.83-95. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 01, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 507.241KB)).

Dr. Jarmila Hickman

Research Fellow, Faculty of Arts and Professional Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, England, UK

Jarmila Hickman, MA, PhD, was a senior lecturer and is now a research fellow at Liverpool John Moores University. Her research interests lie in sociolinguistics, including language of the media and language and gender as well as intercultural communication, dealing specifically with English, Russian and Czech. She published a monograph, Shifts in media discourse in 2009 and authored several articles on various aspects of newspaper headlines.