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Eerst moeder van drie, of toch vooral politicus? Een kwantitatieve inhoudsanalyse naar de representatie van vrouwelijke politieke kandidaten in de Vlaamse pers = Mother of three children, or first and foremost politician? A quantitative content analysis of the representation of female political candidates in the Flemish press

Joke D'Heer (UGent) and Sarah Van Leuven (UGent)
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This study compares the presence and portrayal of female and male political candidates in news articles that report on newly announced candidatures during times of election. We used a quantitative content analysis to study 390 news articles about two federal (2007, 2014) and two local elections (2012, 2018) in Belgium. The articles were collected from four Flemish newspapers: De Morgen, Het Laatste Nieuws, Het Nieuwsblad and De Standaard. The findings show that male and female politicians are unequally represented. Numerically, male politicians are represented almost twice as often as woman politicians and articles about female politicians are shorter in length. For female politicians the age, marital status, and parenthood are more often mentioned, highlighting their roles in the private sphere. Notably, the coverage of local elections shows a more biased representation than the coverage of federal elections does. As such, this study underlines the importance of comparing different electoral contexts.
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representation, female politicians, content analysis, stereotypes, gender bias, MEDIA COVERAGE, NEWSPAPER COVERAGE, WOMEN POLITICIANS, NEWS COVERAGE, GENDER, STEREOTYPES, SEX, UNDERREPRESENTATION, GOVERNOR, SENATE, gender bias

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D’Heer, Joke, and Sarah Van Leuven. “Eerst Moeder van Drie, of Toch Vooral Politicus? Een Kwantitatieve Inhoudsanalyse Naar de Representatie van Vrouwelijke Politieke Kandidaten in de Vlaamse Pers = Mother of Three Children, or First and Foremost Politician? A Quantitative Content Analysis of the Representation of Female Political Candidates in the Flemish Press.” TIJDSCHRIFT VOOR COMMUNICATIEWETENSCHAP, vol. 47, no. 2, 2019, pp. 133–50.
APA
D’Heer, J., & Van Leuven, S. (2019). Eerst moeder van drie, of toch vooral politicus? Een kwantitatieve inhoudsanalyse naar de representatie van vrouwelijke politieke kandidaten in de Vlaamse pers = Mother of three children, or first and foremost politician? A quantitative content analysis of the representation of female political candidates in the Flemish press. TIJDSCHRIFT VOOR COMMUNICATIEWETENSCHAP, 47(2), 133–150.
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D’Heer, Joke, and Sarah Van Leuven. 2019. “Eerst Moeder van Drie, of Toch Vooral Politicus? Een Kwantitatieve Inhoudsanalyse Naar de Representatie van Vrouwelijke Politieke Kandidaten in de Vlaamse Pers = Mother of Three Children, or First and Foremost Politician? A Quantitative Content Analysis of the Representation of Female Political Candidates in the Flemish Press.” TIJDSCHRIFT VOOR COMMUNICATIEWETENSCHAP 47 (2): 133–50.
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D’Heer, Joke, and Sarah Van Leuven. 2019. “Eerst Moeder van Drie, of Toch Vooral Politicus? Een Kwantitatieve Inhoudsanalyse Naar de Representatie van Vrouwelijke Politieke Kandidaten in de Vlaamse Pers = Mother of Three Children, or First and Foremost Politician? A Quantitative Content Analysis of the Representation of Female Political Candidates in the Flemish Press.” TIJDSCHRIFT VOOR COMMUNICATIEWETENSCHAP 47 (2): 133–150.
Vancouver
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D’Heer J, Van Leuven S. Eerst moeder van drie, of toch vooral politicus? Een kwantitatieve inhoudsanalyse naar de representatie van vrouwelijke politieke kandidaten in de Vlaamse pers = Mother of three children, or first and foremost politician? A quantitative content analysis of the representation of female political candidates in the Flemish press. TIJDSCHRIFT VOOR COMMUNICATIEWETENSCHAP. 2019;47(2):133–50.
IEEE
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J. D’Heer and S. Van Leuven, “Eerst moeder van drie, of toch vooral politicus? Een kwantitatieve inhoudsanalyse naar de representatie van vrouwelijke politieke kandidaten in de Vlaamse pers = Mother of three children, or first and foremost politician? A quantitative content analysis of the representation of female political candidates in the Flemish press,” TIJDSCHRIFT VOOR COMMUNICATIEWETENSCHAP, vol. 47, no. 2, pp. 133–150, 2019.
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