"We Are the Women of Utah" : The Utah Woman's Press Club's Framing Strategies in the Woman's Exponent
Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
Drawing on mediated framing theory, this article considers how the 19th-century Utah Woman's Press Club used its opportunity to control its public image in the Utah-based suffrage periodical Woman's Exponent. The Exponent was edited by the club's founder, Emmeline B. Wells, and was an outlet for many of the area's women writers. This article demonstrates how the group's three primary themes—education and professionalization, politics, and faith—developed a gendered framing of 19th-century womanhood. This exploration considers how gender-specific publications can be a powerful outlet for women to challenge mainstream narratives about women's abilities.