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Picturing Politics

Female Political Leaders in France and Norway

Anne Krogstad and Aagoth Storvik

This article explores images of high-level female politicians in France and Norway from 1980 to 2010, examining the ways in which they present themselves to the media and their subsequent reception by journalists. Women in French politics experience difficulties living up to a masculine heroic leadership ideal historically marked by drama, conquest, and seductiveness. In contrast, Norwegian female politicians have challenged the traditional leadership ethos of conspicuous modesty and low-key presentation. We argue that images of French and Norwegian politicians in the media are not only national constructions; they are also gendered. Seven images of women in politics are discussed: (1) men in skirts and ladies of stone, (2) seductresses, (3) different types of mothers, (4) heroines of the past, (5) women in red, (6) glamorous women, and (7) women using ironic femininity. The last three images-color, glamour, and irony-are identified as new strategies female politicians use to accentuate their positions of power with signs of female sensuality. It is thus possible for female politicians to show signs of feminine sensuality and still avoid negative gender stereotyping.

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Susan Cohen

English Universities, was a remarkable achievement for a woman – she was one of only fourteen female politicians in the house, which numbered 615 in total. She soon showed her strength, emerging as possibly the most powerful backbencher of the age

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Francisca de Haan

Woman Politician in the Cold War Balkans: From Biography to History,” focuses on Tsola Dragoicheva (1898–1993), one of the most visible and prominent female politicians in Bulgaria and Eastern Europe after 1944. Based on a wide variety of archival

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This Was the One for Me

AfD Women's Origin Stories

Christina Xydias

which we can examine how female politicians strategically do or do not use gender to appeal to voters.” 35 In the context of a masculinist, natalist, and nationalist setting like the AfD, both women and men officeholders may do gender by promoting

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Susan Cohen

the only female politician to deliver a speech. She gave her fellow MPs a prescient warning of the dangers that Hitler posed, saying: Blind and thoughtless indeed must anyone be who does not see in the events that are happening in Germany an omen for

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Finding a Place to Sit

How Qatari Women Combine Cultural and Kinship Capital in the Home Majlis

Rehenuma Asmi

explicitly political diwân (held by prominent and well-known female politicians). Stephenson is interested in the political role of the women’s diwâniyya , suggesting that it could mirror the role of the men’s diwâniyya , particularly during the election

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Victor Igreja

should Expect Rape Threats’ , ABC , 12 October. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-12/expect-rape-threats,-gillard-warns-female-politicians/7925906 . Barker , B. , L. Lamb and G. Campbell ( 2016 ), ‘ The Mine Island Aboriginal Stone

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The Best of Times, the Worst of Times

Angela Merkel, the Grand Coalition, and “Majority Rule” in Germany

Joyce Marie Mushaben

, these factors open the door to further qualitative assessments of the “innovative potential of female politicians” based on a “multiple orientations” approach. 60 It also reminds us that qualitative leadership investigations are the academic equivalent

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Johanna Gehmacher, Svetla Baloutzova, Orlin Sabev, Nezihe Bilhan, Tsvetelin Stepanov, Evgenia Kalinova, Zorana Antonijevic, Alexandra Ghit, Chiara Bonfiglioli, Ana Luleva, Barbara Klich-Kluczewska, Courtney Doucette, Katarzyna Stańczak-Wiślicz, Valentina Mitkova, Vjollca Krasniqi, Pepka Boyadjieva, Marina Hughson, and Rayna Gavrilova

attacks against professional women and female politicians. Similarly, Roswitha Kersten-Pejanić documents the media reactions surrounding the election of the first Croatian female prime minister, Jadranka Kosor, in 2009. The author discusses how Kosor was