Communications, Culture & Society

Popular culture and communications have a powerful influence on how gender roles are perceived and stereotypes perpetuated across society. Re:Gender and its members uncover and counter misinformation providing context and analysis about the accuracy of how the daily lives, responsibilities and realities of women and girls are represented and interpreted in the media. Efforts are also focused on increasing opportunities for women commentators and opinion leaders to influence public perceptions and debate. Explore the resources listed below, including Related Categories links, or use the Keyword Search for more information.

PUBLIC SPEAKING HBO Documentary on Fran Liebowitz



“I have way too frequently for my own moral comfort
been asked if I was an only child.”
– Fran Lebowitz

Is Television Dumbing Down Dad?

- By Eliza Wierzbinska - 
Family is one of the most often revisited themes on television. In sitcoms and dramas, mother and father figures reflect society’s prevailing attitudes and expectations about parenting, gender and gender roles in the home. Past representations of motherhood on television upheld mothers as ‘naturally nurturing’ figures (LaRossa, 1988) able to give their children everything they need. Fathers, on the other hand, were assigned the roles of ‘breadwinner’ and ‘disciplinarian,’ typically incompetent and inept in the domestic realm (LaRossa, 1988).

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Women's Media Center: The Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2013

The Women’s Media Center released its first report on the status of women in media in 2012, detailing persistent gender disparity in a range of media businesses and institutions that rank among the greatest influencers in American society. 

In this 2013 report, we have expanded the categories that were studied and analyzed, aiming to provoke meaningful discussion and increased accountability. And change. With females making up 51 percent of the U.S. population, there are business, societal and cultural imperatives that demand gender equality and equal participation. 
Diversifying the media landscape is critical to the health of our democracy.

Celebrate This Independence Day By Honoring American Woman Who Fought For Freedom

In honor of Independence Day, here are some women who have helped fight for and maintain freedom across identities. While this list is incomplete because of the magnitude of strong women who have advocated for various freedoms, let this be a jumping off point to remember and celebrate our country's brave female role models. Enjoy the holiday!

Anne Hutchinson (1591-1643)

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Wendy Davis, the Over-Night Liberal and Feminist Superstar, Has Pink Sneakers

Wendy Davis, the over-night liberal and feminist superstar, has pink sneakers.

Did you know this fact? Of course you did.

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This Father’s Day, If You Care to Send the Very Best, Don’t Reinforce Sexist Gender Role Stereotypes

Sexism is not a one-party issue. Expectations to fulfill gender role requirements do not only negatively affect women, but men as well. The cards we give to fathers and mothers on their respective holidays exemplify how we view their roles as a society—views that may act as a barrier to men and women’s familial and workplace fulfillment. For example, we tell fathers on Father’s Day that they are providers and protectors whose wisdom, toughness, and strength maintain their families. They are bearers of respect and integrity.

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Research & Action Report: Putting Children First


Confronting Contradictions: Exploring the Tensions of Women as Breadwinners


Saving San Francisco’ probes relief and recovery after the 1906 disaster

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