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Women in Media & Politics Women and their status in society are issues more seriously discussed today then ever before. Women have had a long struggle to find dominant and powerful positions in the different fields in general and politics and media in particular. Since, women in politics and media come in the limelight therefore they make greater impact in the society. Over the years, women have proved their mettle and worth in both politics and media and have brought positive changes in the cultures of society not just in America but all over the world. "Gender is one of the primary fault-lines running through contemporary American politics. For the last thirty years feminists have challenged conventional assumptions about the role of women in society. The revived New Right and the women's movement have been struggling to define the terms of the public debate in 'culture wars.' The political agenda has become deeply polarized by issues such as affirmative action, abortion rights, and welfare reform" (Norris 1). ...read more.

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The changes brought about in the area of politics in particular were gradual and slow. Women had to counter a lot of bias and prejudice when they looked for high offices. Even media and fiction depicted women as subordinates rather than leaders" All these stereotypes and concepts inculcated an inferior and suppressive outlook to women and so their motivation to achieve higher goal were greatly affected. These trends still exist but things have changed and are changing. "When the news media imply that women are anomalies in high public office, the public is likely to regard them as bench warmers rather than as an integral part of government. In Senator Barbara Boxer's phrase, they are frequently depicted as "strangers in the Senate" -- and in the House and the governor's mansion. More women than ever hold high-level government positions, yet they are still portrayed by the media as novelties" (Braden 2). Women today hold prominent positions in media in the fields of journalism, movies, television and print worldwide. ...read more.

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Women lack easy access to top positions in business, media and politics even though they have time and again proved to the world that they have what it takes to hold the some of the highest offices in the world. Women today hold high office like Condoleca Rice is the current secretary of State in US and people are media pundits are touting Hilary Clinton as the forerunner in the next American election for presidency, Women working in the arena of politics have greater challenges to face when it comes to success and progress in their careers due to patriarchal mindset of the society. Government support for women's emancipation is there, the fabric of the society is changing and attitude of workplace towards women is also under transformation but women must also show resolve to move ahead and demand their equal rights in whether it is media or politics. Having more women in leadership positions in media, government and politics will lead to more women being accepted in leadership positions in all the fields. ...read more.

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