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Gender, Media and Organization: Challenging Mis(s)representations of Women Leaders and Managers

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Sharon MavinORCiD


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Gender, Media, and Organization: Challenging Mis(s)Representations of Women Leaders and Managers is the fourth volume in a new series of books (Women and Leadership: Research, Theory, and Practice) that will is now being published to inform leadership scholars and practitioners. The purpose of this volume is to address the lack of critical attention in leadership research to how women leaders and professionals are represented in the media. The volume acts as a companion piece to a Seminar Series, funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Sciences Research Council (ESRC), to address this gap in the research. The lack of research interrogation of gendered media representations of women leaders and professionals is a surprising omission given the wealth of evidence from stakeholders outside academia which reveals that women, and women leaders, continue to be underrepresented across all forms of media outlet. Our goals for this volume are to: contribute to social change, equality and economic performance by raising consciousness about women’s lack of representation in the media, and to challenge gendered misrepresentations of women professionals and leaders by the media through the presentation of a range of empirical investigations and methodological approaches. The volume contributors use various theories and conceptualizations to problematize, and analyze women’s limited representation in the media, and the gendered representations of women professionals and leaders. Together, the 14 chapters in this edited volume reflect the beginning of a rich, diverse, emergent strand of academic research to interrogate relationships between the media in its multiple forms and women’s leadership. Illuminating the positioning of women leaders and professionals as both complex and problematic, these chapters offer an important agenda for management and organization scholars. The chapters attest to the need to describe and make visible women’s (mis)representations in the media yet also draw attention to the importance of situating their (mis)representations in the broader social, economic, historical, cultural and political context as a means to gain insight into their development and evolution. As a rich and diverse site of research, examination of the media calls for a broad methodological repertoire. The chapters in this book draw from multiple sources, including the development of thematic analysis to illuminate stereotypes (Matamala), the use of critical discourse analysis to understand professional women’s experience (Rodgers et al.,), a rhetorical analysis of the covers of Time magazine (French & Webster), and an interrogation of the power dynamics manifested in the media’s practice of nicknaming women leaders (Pullen & Taksa). This volume is a first step in stimulating further research that poses critical questions concerning gendered and sexualized representations of women leaders in textual and visual forms, and considers the media’s influence on gender equality and social justice. We hope the chapters offer fruitful avenues for future research to continue the momentum of challenging gendered media representations of women leaders and professionals.

Publication metadata

Editor(s): Elliott C, Stead V, Mavin S, Williams J

Series Editor(s): Professor Susan Madsen

Publication type: Edited Book

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Women's Leadership International Leadership Association Series

Year: 2016

Number of Pages: 276

Print publication date: 30/06/2016

Online publication date: 02/02/2016

Acceptance date: 01/01/2016

Publisher: Information Age Publishing Inc.

Place Published: Charlotte, North Carolina


Notes: Hardback ISBN 9781681235332, ebook ISBN 9781681235349

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781681235325