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Tuesday, December 6 • 1:40pm - 2:00pm
Political Rhetoric And Representation: Obama’s Advocacy For Women

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The ways that politicians represent identity groups while in office can both reflect and affect public attitudes about those groups, particularly when high level leaders are involved. This research considers how government officials represent marginalized groups, in particular, women. It looks in depth at President Obama’s rhetoric about women while in the Oval Office, both to national and international audiences. Specifically, the study uses content analysis to investigate patterns in President Obama’s annual State of the Union addresses and United Nations General assembly addresses. While data analysis is ongoing, preliminary patterns indicate that while in the Oval Office, President Obama’s representation of women tends to lean emphasized women’s empowerment at home and in the workforce.


Tuesday December 6, 2016 1:40pm - 2:00pm
237 Zageir Hall