Gender, Power and Political Speech

Women and Language in the 2015 UK General Election

  • Deborah Cameron
  • Sylvia Shaw

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Deborah Cameron, Sylvia Shaw
    Pages 1-26
  3. Deborah Cameron, Sylvia Shaw
    Pages 27-78
  4. Deborah Cameron, Sylvia Shaw
    Pages 79-112
  5. Deborah Cameron, Sylvia Shaw
    Pages 113-136
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 137-140

About this book


Gender, Power and Political Speech explores the influence of gender on political speech by analyzing the performances of three female party leaders who took part in televised debates during the 2015 UK General Election campaign. The analysis considers similarities and differences between the women and their male colleagues, as well as between the women themselves; it also discusses the way gender - and its relationship to language - was taken up as an issue in media coverage of the campaign. 

Deborah Cameron is Professor of Language and Communication at Oxford University. She has been an active researcher in the field of language and gender studies since 1985, and her previous publications include The Myth of Mars and Venus(2007), On Language and Sexual Politics (2006) and Feminism and Linguistic Theory (1992).

Sylvia Shaw is Senior Lecturer in English Language at Middlesex University, UK. She has examined gender and language in the House of Commons, and conducted ESRC funded research in all the UK’s legislative assemblies. She has published book chapters and journal articles, and is currently preparing a book, Women, Language and Politics.


gender women leaders general election televised political debates women in politics sociolinguistics

Authors and affiliations

  • Deborah Cameron
    • 1
  • Sylvia Shaw
    • 2
  1. 1.Worcester CollegeUniversity of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Middlesex UniversityMedia DepartmentLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information