Italy has acquired in recent years a reputation for media sexism. Very few women have ever occupied any managerial or editorial positions within the mass media (no television channel and no newspaper has ever been directed or edited by a woman), while the representation of women on television is often reduced to the cliché of the velina (showgirl).
The aim of this conference is to survey and analyse the presence of women in all Italian media over the whole course of the twentieth century. It is hoped that in this way, not only will patterns and mechanisms of discrimination will be exposed, but a complex picture will emerge of the contribution women have made to Italian culture through the media of the press, cinema, television, radio and the recording industry. The aim is also to explore the ways the media have offered women opportunities and assisted innovations in the established gender order of Italian society.
Italian Section (SMLC)
University of Glasgow
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