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Representations of women researchers in Finnish print media: top researchers, multi-talents and experts [Representaciones de mujeres investigadoras En la prensa escrita finlandesa: investigadoras de élite, multi-talentos y expertas]
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (CFS)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1681-0724
University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.
2016 (English)In: Investigaciones Feministas, ISSN 2171-6080, Vol. 7, no 2, 203-224 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Women’s underrepresentation in the scientific community is currently on the agenda of science policy, both in Europe and internationally. The significance of media as a provider of female role models, on the one hand, and in reproducing stereotypical images of scientists, on the other hand, is often mentioned in this context. However, there is relative lack of research on how women researchers are depicted in the media, especially outside US and UK contexts. Finland provides an interesting context to study media representations of women in research, as a relatively gender equal and research intensive setting seen from a global perspective.

The media representations of women researchers in Finland were explored by analyzing person interviews in Finnish printed media: newspapers, women’s magazines and magazines aimed for general public. The data consists of 107 interviews of women researchers from all fields of research, published in 1997-2014. Overwhelming majority of the interviews was written by female journalists. The analysis focuses on both social and linguistic aspects of the interviews from a gender perspective. Women researchers were found to be represented by a variation of frames, the most common of which were the Expert and the Top Researcher. Their family context was frequently mentioned, and the interviews frequently commented their appearance(e.g. hair, physique, way of moving).

The fact that the interviewees’ family context was often highlighted in the interviews may serve to convey a message that it is possible and common to combine a career in research and family. One main result of the study was the diversity of representations of female researchers,compared to US and UK studies. The diversity of the media images of female researchers suggests that the media may provide important role models for young women, encouraging women to choose research as a profession.

Abstract [es]

La subrepresentación de las mujeres en la comunidad científica está actualmente en la agendade la política científica tanto en Europa como a nivel internacional. Por una parte, se mencionaa menudo el significado de los medios como proveedor de modelos femeninos, y por otra parte,de reproducción de imágenes estereoscópicas de científicos, por otro. Sin embargo, hay unarelativa falta de investigación sobre cómo se representan las mujeres investigadores en los medios de comunicación, especialmente fuera de los Estados Unidos y el Reino Unidocontextos. Finlandia ofrece un contexto interesante para estudiar las representaciones de losmedios de comunicación de las mujeres en la investigación, como un enfoque de igualdad degénero y de intensidad de investigación visto desde una perspectiva global.Las representaciones mediáticas de las mujeres investigadoras en Finlandia se exploraronanalizando entrevistas personales en medios impresos finlandeses: periódicos, revistas femeninas y revistas destinadas al público en general. Los datos se refieren a 107 entrevistas de mujeres investigadores de todos los campos de investigación, publicadas entre 1997-2014. Laabrumadora mayoría de las entrevistas fue escrita por mujeres periodistas. El análisis se centraen los aspectos sociales y lingüísticos de las entrevistas desde una perspectiva de género. Seencontró que las mujeres investigadoras estaban representadas en una variedad de marcos dereferencia, siendo los más comunes el de Experta e Investigadora de Élite. Su contexto familiarfue mencionado con frecuencia, y las entrevistas frecuentemente comentaban su apariencia(pelo, físico, forma de moverse).El hecho de que el contexto familiar de las entrevistadas se destaque a menudo en lasentrevistas puede servir para transmitir un mensaje de que es posible y común combinar unacarrera en la investigación y en la familia. Uno de los principales resultados del estudio fue la diversidad de representaciones de las investigadoras, en comparación con los estudiosrealizados en los Estados Unidos y el Reino Unido. La diversidad de las imágenes de losmedios de comunicación de las investigadoras sugiere que los medios de comunicación pueden proporcionar importantes modelos a seguir para las mujeres jóvenes, alentando a las mujeres aelegir la investigación como una profesión.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Madrid, Spain: Universidad Complutense de Madrid , 2016. Vol. 7, no 2, 203-224 p.
Keyword [en]
Research career, women scientists, media, Finland, academia, public representations
Keyword [sv]
Forskarkarriär; kvinnliga forskare, media, Finland, akademin, offentliga representationer
National Category
Gender Studies Sociology Languages and Literature
Research subject
Gender Studies; Linguistics; Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-54809DOI: 10.5209/INFE.53796ISI: 000407558700011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-54809DiVA: diva2:1066633
Note

The article is published in English, but the special issue of the table of contents of the Spanish journal it has been published in has listed it with a Spanish title. In the special issue, there are several articles in English, majority in Spanish.

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