Caitlin Clare Presents Research at Symposium

Case study looks at the careers of female sportscasters from the 1970s to the present.  


Caitlin Clare ’10 presented, “The Life of a Female Sportscaster” at Randolph College’s Symposium for Artists & Scholars on April 18, 2009.

Clare conducted the research project with her faculty mentor, Wanda Fenimore, adjunct instructor in communication studies, while an undergraduate student at Randolph College.

An abstract of Clare’s study follows...

My talk focuses on the treatment and portrayal of women sportscasters; I use a feminist theoretical lens to examine the careers of four women who have worked in mediated sport since the 1970s. My goal is to develop an understanding of how these women were received by superiors, coworkers, interviewees—such as coaches, athletes, or any other mediated sport figures—and the television networks themselves. I compare their treatment to that of their male counterparts in hopes of revealing any bias that may exist. This aspect of my analysis includes social and cultural factors such as sexism, patriarchy, marginalization, and hegemonic masculinity. Finally, I consider if the treatment of women sportscasters has evolved since the 1970s and, if so, in what ways.

The Student Symposium of Artists and Scholars provides Randolph College students from all classes and disciplines the opportunity to present the results of their research, scholarship, and creative work to the entire College community and beyond.

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