Gender, Citizenship and Newspapers: Historical and by J. Chapman

By J. Chapman

The gendered nature of the connection among the clicking and emergence of cultural citizenship from the 1860s to the Thirties is explored via unique facts and insightful comparisons among India, Britain and France during this built-in method of women's illustration in newspapers, their position as information resources and their specialist job.

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Gender, Citizenship and Newspapers: Historical and Transnational Perspectives

The gendered nature of the connection among the clicking and emergence of cultural citizenship from the 1860s to the Nineteen Thirties is explored via unique information and insightful comparisons among India, Britain and France during this built-in method of women's illustration in newspapers, their function as information assets and their specialist job.

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A contemporary assessment of the demand for the paper points to the fact that women and peasants had to be encouraged to read it and that Le Petit Journal ‘obliged the latter to become interested in current affairs’ (Lermina, 1884-5). The potential politicization of women is not mentioned. The timing of the publication of this comment is significant, as it coincided with new Third Republic reforms in 1884 that widened educational access (see later) , from which this very readership could benefit.

Les Marchards du Petit Journal’: ‘Please offer Le Petit Journal to everyone who buys a broadsheet (‘grand journal’). Every time you have to give change, offer Le Petit Journal instead. Nearly everyone will accept’ (BN, 1863: LC2 3011, February–June). A contemporary assessment of the demand for the paper points to the fact that women and peasants had to be encouraged to read it and that Le Petit Journal ‘obliged the latter to become interested in current affairs’ (Lermina, 1884-5). The potential politicization of women is not mentioned.

By the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the position of women within society as mothers had expanded to reflect a sense of civic importance attached to maternity and wifehood. The inauguration of the republic was not favourable to women. In fact, Sian Reynolds argues that because civil rights were not extended to them, the Republic ‘was constructed as much against women as without them’ (1986: 104, 113). Although the republican political beliefs that accompanied the American and the French Revolutions brought demands from women for the rights of citizenship and a new emphasis on the importance of education, the idea of ‘republican motherhood’ articulated in these two countries and to some extent in Britain, was essentially based on a family ethic.

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