Gender and Politics in the media

AU: Tony Abbott’s woman problem migrates to his ministry. UK: Sr. Lab figures call for a female candidate despite refusal of all-womenshortlist.

Harman attacks TV ‘forcing women out’ Herald Scotland LABOUR’S deputy leader Harriet Harman has added her voice to criticisms about the lack of older women on TV and taken a swipe at the broadcasting industry for the increasingly privileged background of staff.

The shadow culture secretary complained that as women age they are “pushed out of the door” as she addressed TV executives.

At the Royal Television Society Cambridge Convention, she said: “Something seems to happen when they reach their 50th birthday – it’s like the viewer needs to be protected from the sight of them.”

Jim Leishman bows to Bill Walker seat pressure Scotsman TWO of the male front-runners to be Labour’s candidate in the by-election to replace convicted wife-beater Bill Walker have ruled themselves out of the contest, as pressure increases for a female candidate to be selected.

Former Dunfermline Athletic manager Jim Leishman told The Scotsman he had decided not to seek the Labour nomination after previously saying he was considering the move.

Michael Marra, a former aide to ex-Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray, also revealed he had dropped his plans to be selected, saying the party’s candidate for the Dunfermline by-election “should be a woman”.


Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott pictured in May last year with WA Senator Michaelia Cash. Photo: Penny Bradfield.

Tony Abbott’s woman problem migrates to his ministry The Age Tony Abbott is having women trouble. It’s nothing he said, mind. The prime minister-elect has been assiduously tight-lipped since being criticised for describing his daughters as “not bad looking” on national television and praising the “sex appeal” of western Sydney candidate – now MP – Fiona Scott.

Abbott’s women problem: more of them needed Brisbane Times Senator Cash, a parliamentary provocateur who was shadow parliamentary secretary for the status of women, made headlines recently with a speech in which …

Abbott under pressure to promote women to cabinet Frankston weekly Senator Cash, who was shadow parliamentary secretary for the status of women, made headlines recently with a speech in which she denounced the Labor …

Zimbabwean Women Protest Low Number of Cabinet Slots Voice of America HARARE — Women’s groups in Zimbabwe have responded angrily to President Robert Mugabe’s decision to appoint just three women to his 26-seat Cabinet.  Defending his decision, Mugabe says women must do better in elections to be eligible for Cabinet posts.  Women say the road to gender equity in Zimbabwean politics is a long one, given their disadvantaged background.

Only 12 percent of Zimbabwe’s new Cabinet is female, well below women’s 52 percent share of the population recorded last year in Zimbabwe’s census.

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