Literature Review: Female politicians and their portrayal in the media

Research Questions 1.   Are women less likely than men to run for public office? 2.   What are the main differences between the portrayal of male and female politicians within mass media? 3.   How has the portrayal in the media of Australia’s first female Prime Mister, Julia Gillard, affected women’s political ambitions? Literature Review Introduction Women, although making up…

Report: The waves of feminism and the issues that remain

Introduction When half of the world has struggled to achieve basic human rights, feminism is a fundamental means towards achieving equality and justice.  This report begins with background information and historical contexts of feminism and its human rights objectives. The key concepts, main debates and analysis are presented within the framework of the three waves…

Under-representation of women in Federal Parliament

The under-representation of women in federal parliament is undoubtedly concerning. It should be instinctive to be concerned when half of Australia’s population only hold 30% of the representative positions in Australia’s parliaments (McCann & Wilson, 2012). The struggle for gender equality is at the heart of this discussion, because in a world with unequal representation of…

Feminism and multiculturalism: Can they co-exist?

Feminism and multiculturalism are notable ideological allies in liberal academic politics, although on a global scale, they contribute many conflicting political visions. Despite the fact that these two concepts are unlikely to be seen as controversial in liberal nation states, it is fundamental that we understand the possible detrimental effects on society, culture, gender equality,…