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Women are ‘invisible’ in newspapers’ coverage

WOMEN have been “invisible” in the election campaign, unless they’re married to the Prime Minister, the Fawcett Society said yesterday. 

Among the seven major parties contesting the general election, more than a quarter of the candidates are women (27.4 per cent.)

But a Fawcett Society study shows that 92 per cent of newspaper articles about the election over a two-week period featured only men. 

The same proportion of politicians quoted were men, while 95 per cent of accompanying photographs featured male politicians.

The Daily Express did not picture or quote a single woman politician between March 16 and April 11. 

Samantha Cameron was mentioned more times than leading female party figures such as Harriet Harman and Theresa May.

"So, in an election period, our media have concentrated more on a woman who is not standing for office herself but is married to someone who is, rather than the two leading women politicians of the two main parties,” the society said. 

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