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The Women's Pages: Women, Journalism, and Mid-20th-Century Mainstream Newspapers

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Since the postwar period, the "women's pages" of mass circulation newspapers have been celebarted and scorned. Featuring fashion, recipes, household tips, celebrity gossip, and advice columns, these women's sections are dismissed as superficial and conservative, promoting gendered stereotyping that dominates much of popular culture, Yet the women's pages of mainstream daily newspapers provided an entrance into journalism for women during the mid 20th-century after the decline of the suffrage press. Against all probabilility, by the 1970s women's sections were regularly tackling serious feminist themes, from domestic violence to equal pay. With a focus on the British mainstream press, this entry traces some of the historical roots of the women's pages. it consider the part they played in feminizing mainstream news between the 1950s and 1970s.

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Author(s): Chambers D

Editor(s): Ross K

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: The Encyclopedia of Gender, Media and Communication

Year: 2020

Print publication date: 10/09/2020

Online publication date: 08/07/2020

Acceptance date: 05/02/2020

Number of Volumes: 1

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Place Published: London


DOI: 10.1002/9781119429128

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781119429104