Gendered News

Media Coverage and Electoral Politics in Canada

Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant

  • Published: 2013. Paperback 2014
  • Subject Listing: History
  • Bibliographic information: 260 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

In the last fifty years, many of the institutional and societal barriers keeping Canadian women from public office have disappeared. Yet today, women hold only a quarter of the seats in the House of Commons - a proportion that rose by just seven percentage points between 1993 and 2011. In this illuminating study, Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant examines a significant obstacle still facing women in political life: gendered media coverage. Based on interviews with MPs and party leaders, and on an analysis of print and television media in the 2000 and 2006 federal elections, Gendered News reveals an unsettling climate that affects the success of women in office, and that could deter them from running at all.
Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant is an associate professor inthe Department of Political Studies at Queen's University.

"Given the continued concern surrounding low levels of female participation in politics, Gendered News is extremely timely. By making a direct link between news coverage of politicians and voters' assessments of them, Goodyear-Grant's findings go far beyond the current literature. This book will become a highly-regarded and much-referenced text in future scholarship on women and politics, both in Canada and elsewhere."
-Joanna Everitt, coauthor of Advocacy Groups

"Gendered News is the first book on gender, media, and politics in Canada, and it adds hugely to scholarly debate about the role played by the mass media in political life. It examines gendered reporting from three angles: how it is manifested in election news coverage, who is responsible for generating it, and its impact on audience reception. Goodyear-Grant's rich analysis incorporates interviews with twenty-seven members of Parliament, including former party leaders, who provide their understandings of media bias."
-Linda Trimble, coeditor of Stalled: The Representation of Women in Canadian Governments


1. Visibility in the News

2. Quality of News Coverage

3. Who Is Responsible? Explaining Gendered News

4. Backlash or Boost? The Effects of Attack-Style News

5. Media Effects on Politicians' Experiences of Their Political Careers


Works Cited