Turning the Dial: A Quantitative Discourse Analysis to Study the Opportunities and Limitations for Women in Podcasting
Mount Saint Vincent University
This graduate research project was conducted to survey the opportunities, constraints, and limitations for women participating in podcasting, while querying the historical opportunities and limitations available to women involved in radio. Are the opportunities for women in podcasting in juxtaposition or in tandem to the history of gender in radio? To identify these queries, a thematic discourse analysis was conducted with the texts of the 2017 Werk It Women’s Podcast Festival, supported by an overview of the current state of the relationship between gender and podcasting. Seven themes were subsequently identified and interpreted based on the gendered history of radio, the present and future of podcasting, and my own experiences working as a young woman in commercial radio.