The Gender, Inequality and Power Commission, co-directed by Professors Diane Perrons and Nicola Lacey, drew on LSE research and external experts to provide theoretical and empirical knowledge to inform public and policy debates in the UK concerned with understanding and addressing the complex and multidimensional character of inequality and power imbalances between women and men. Work focused on the four main areas of Economy, Law, Politics, and Media/Culture.
My work as a researcher for the media and culture section of the commission included reviewing the academic literature about gendered media representations in the UK, identifying relevant LSE research, participating in evidence sessions with scholars and practitioners invited to present their research and experience in the field, writing working papers and briefing papers for these session, transcribing the sessions, identifying the key findings and recommendations from the expert discussions, drafting the media and culture chapter for the commission’s final report, and tracing the report’s impact after publication through media, conferences and other platforms.
Research questions that the media and culture stream of the LSE Gender, Inequality and Power Commission explored include the ways that news media frame and report on women and feminism, including questions of care, women in politics, and sexual violence. It considered how gender debates are framed across a range of diverse media sites such as television drama, news media, advertising, or celebrity culture. Research focused on how different groups of women are represented or excluded in relation to ability, age, class, race and sexuality.
Read the final report, “Confronting Gender Inequality: Findings from the LSE Commission on Gender, Inequality and Power” here. The chapter on media and culture I worked on begins on page 48.