1st Edition

Women and the Media Feminism and Femininity in Britain, 1900 to the Present

Edited By Maggie Andrews, Sallie McNamara Copyright 2014
    266 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    280 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    Introduction  Maggie Andrews and Sallie McNamara  Section 1: Women and Media in the Era of Enfranchisement, 1900-1939  1. "Elated, Exhilarated and Emancipated": Representations of Women’s Motorcycle Riding in the Motorcycling Media, 1903–1914  Rosey Whorlow and Sallie McNamara  2. "From Women’s Hour to Other Women’s Lives: The BBC Talks for Women and the Women Who Made Them, 1923-1939  Kate Murphy  3. Lady Eleanor Smith: The Society Column, 1927–1930  Sallie McNamara  Section 2: Women in War and Peace: The 1940s and 1950s  4. A View from the Frontline: The War Photography of Lee Miller  Janet Harrison  5. Prostitution, Adultery and Illegitimacy: Tortuous Couplings and Unstable Sexual Repression in Wartime Film  Maggie Andrews  6. Striving for Editorial Autonomy and Internal Recognition: The Setting Up of BBC’s Woman’s Hour, 1946-1955  Kristin Skoog  7. Women’s Viewpoint: Representing and Constructing Femininity in Early 1950s Television for Women  Mary Irwin  8. "But What About Mum?": Journalist, Architect, Wife, Mother: Diana Rowntree  Glenda Strong  Section 3: The Long 1960s: Cultural Revolution?  9. Women and Woman: 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  Section 4: ’80s and ’90s: Thatcherism and Its Legacy  13. The Iron Lady and the Working Girl: The Image of the Prostitute in 1980s British Cinema  Paul Elliott  14. Feminism and Femininity: The Potential Politics of Consuming Popular Culture: A Case Study of Marie Claire’s Reportage of Global Humanitarian Politics  Maggie Andrews  15. What’s Luff Got to Do with It? : Teenage Magazines, Sexuality and Regulation in the 1990s  Fan Carter  16. Fantasies, Factions and Unlikely Feminist Heroines in Contemporary Heritage Films  Maggie Andrews


    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.