This project seeks to investigate how gender plays a role in the framing of US-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today. Through an analysis of a selection of articles from the week of Clinton’s announcement of her candidacy in 2007 and 2015, the aim of this paper is, with an inductive approach, to discover whether a gender stereotypical framing of Clinton is apparent and how it is displayed. By combining Robert Entman’s (1993) theory on framing with gender theory by Karen Ross (2004), Sandra Bem (1974), and Susan Golombok and Robyn Fivush (1993), this project further seeks to explore the consequences of gendered framing for Clinton herself and for the general view of women in society. The analysis shows that the chosen articles consistently frame Clinton by how she fits in or deviates from stereotypical expectations of women and women behaviour. Our finding is that Clinton is framed significantly more positive when described by traditional womanly characteristics, than when described by traditional male characteristics. The consequences of this gendered framing of Clinton are firstly, that it acts as a hindrance towards her run for the presidency, as it limits her own performance to two options: to act upon the stereotypical framing of her as a woman or to try to live up to stereotypical expectations of a president acting masculine. Ultimately, the gendered framing of Clinton can act to reproduce and uphold gender stereotypical views on women in society.
|Uddannelser||Journalistik, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||6 jan. 2016|
- Hillary Clinton