The media have played a significant role in the contested and changing social position of women in Britain since the 1900s. They have facilitated feminism by both providing discourses and images from which women can construct their identities, and offering spaces where hegemonic ideas of femininity can be reworked. This volume is intended to provide an overview of work on Broadcasting, Film and Print Media from 1900, while appealing to scholars of History and Media, Film and Cultural Studies.

This edited collection features tightly focused and historically contextualised case studies which showcase current research on women and media in Britain since the 1900s. The case studies explore media directed at a particularly female audience such as Woman’s Hour, and magazines such as Vogue, Woman and Marie Claire. Women who work in the media, issues of production, and regulation are discussed alongside the representation of women across a broad range of media from early 20th-century motorcycling magazines, Page 3 and regional television news.

part |51 pages

Women and Media in the Era of Enfranchisement, 1900–1939

chapter |16 pages

Representations of Women's Motorcycle Riding 1903–1914

‘Elated, Exhilarated and Emancipated'

chapter |15 pages

From Women's Hour to Other Women's Lives

BBC Talks for Women and the Women Who Made Them, 1923–39

chapter |16 pages

Lady Eleanor Smith

The Society Column, 1927–1930

part |76 pages

Women in War and Peace

chapter |19 pages

A View from the Frontline

Lee Miller

chapter |13 pages

Prostitution, Adultery and Illegitimacy

Tortuous Couplings and Unstable Sexual Repression in Wartime Film

chapter |14 pages

Women's Viewpoint

Representing and Constructing Femininity in Early 1950s Television for Women

chapter |12 pages

‘But What about Mum?'

Journalist Diana Rowntree

part |60 pages

The Long 1960s

chapter |13 pages

Young Women and Woman

Depictions of Youthful Femininity, 1954–1969

chapter |15 pages

“Should Women Be Bus Drivers?”

Defending a Permanent Position for Women on the Buses in ATV's Regional Television News, 1963–1979

part |59 pages

80s and 90s

chapter |14 pages

The Iron Lady and the Working Girl

The Image of the Prostitute in 1980s British Cinema

chapter |14 pages

Feminism and Femininity

The Potential Politics of Consuming Popular Culture: A Case Study of Marie Claire's Reportage of Global Humanitarian Politics

chapter |13 pages

What's Luff Got to Do with It?

Teenage Magazines, Sexuality and Regulation (Too much, too young? Teenage Magazines, Sexuality and Regulation)