Despite decades of women’s participation in politics, the gender identities of Canadian politicians continue to attract media and public attention and shape the way they are perceived and evaluated. Gendered Mediation takes an original approach to the study of gender and political communication by examining the implications of intersecting notions of gender, sexuality, race, age, and class deployed by politicians, journalists, and citizens in Canadian politics. Building upon the gendered mediation thesis, leading scholars argue that political communication and reporting still reinforces impressions of politics as a masculine domain. Their findings have profound implications for democracy not only in Canada but also for democratic political systems elsewhere.
Angelia Wagner is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta, specializing in Canadian politics, gender and politics, political candidacy, and political communication. Her research explores the role of gender, race, and sexuality in shaping Canadians’ perceptions of political candidacy. She is also the project manager of an international research project exploring the career pathways of women premiers in Australia and Canada.
Joanna Everitt is a professor of political science at the University of New Brunswick Saint John. Her research focuses on Canadian politics, gender differences in public opinion, and the impacts of media coverage of male and female party leaders on leadership evaluations, identity politics, and voting behaviour in Canadian elections. She is the co-editor of The Blueprint: Conservative Parties and Their Impact on Canadian Politics and the co-author of Dominance and Decline: Making Sense of Recent Canadian Elections.