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Emily RussellFollow

Access Type

Open Access

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

April 2019

Department

Communication Studies

Abstract

Abstract

The legal drama television series Blue Bloods, The Practice, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, The Good Wife, How to Get Away with Murder, and Ally McBealfollow the various roles of a female attorney. For this study, these six television series were analyzed in order to identify the media’s perception of female attorneys. By completing a critical analysis of the aforementioned series, a multitude of perceptions based on gender was identified. Five themes occurred from those perceptions: physical attributes, relationships, work environment, litigation tactics, and personality traits. While some of these perceptions were positive, the media failed to overcome gender stereotypes when establishing characteristics of female attorneys.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Cheryl Jorgensen-Earp

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Working in a Man’s World, What Like It’s Hard?: The Perception of Female Attorneys in the Media

Abstract

The legal drama television series Blue Bloods, The Practice, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, The Good Wife, How to Get Away with Murder, and Ally McBealfollow the various roles of a female attorney. For this study, these six television series were analyzed in order to identify the media’s perception of female attorneys. By completing a critical analysis of the aforementioned series, a multitude of perceptions based on gender was identified. Five themes occurred from those perceptions: physical attributes, relationships, work environment, litigation tactics, and personality traits. While some of these perceptions were positive, the media failed to overcome gender stereotypes when establishing characteristics of female attorneys.