This thesis examines press coverage in the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune of five female politicians in Utah history: Martha Hughes Cannon (1896), Reva Beck Bosone (1948), Karen Shepherd (1992), Enid Greene Waldholtz (1994), and Olene S. Walker (2003). A total of 438 articles were reviewed using qualitative textual analysis. Coverage by candidate varied, though it was not in general overtly biased concerning candidate gender. However, the press did call attention to the gender of candidate and gendered commentary was present. The press also called attention to the rarity of women running for high political office and addressed the ability of candidates to balance the roles of wife/mother/homemaker with a political career. This thesis contributes to the overall understanding of newspaper coverage of female politicians and provides a window into the cultural as well as political history of Utah. Suggestions for further research about media coverage of female politicians are made.
College and Department
Fine Arts and Communications; Communications
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Cox, Holly M., "From Suffragettes to Grandmothers: A Qualitative Textual Analysis of Newspaper Coverage of Five Female Politicians in Utah's Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune" (2008). Theses and Dissertations. 1602.
female, politicians, qualitative, textual analysis, newspaper, coverage, Deseret News, Salt Lake Tribune, Utah, Martha Hughes Cannon, Reva Beck Bosone, Karen Shepherd, Enid Greene Waldholtz, Olene Walker