Media Portrayal


First, a new content set was created within DSL to supplement missing documents. Searches were conducted to find newspaper articles about the suffragette movement (1807-1950) or the feminist movement (2000-2020) in London. These specifications were so the data would seamlessly blend with the preexisting content set. There were 76 total documents, with 23 from modern times and 53 from the past. The following images are the results of this analysis and comparison.  


Most common words used when refrencing the suffragette movement (1807-1950)


This first analysis shows a side-by-side of the most common words used to describe the movements. There are some interesting facets to this comparison. First, note how 'Mr' is one of the most common words from the early portrayal. This signals a time when women were discussed via their relation to a man. Words like 'police' and 'prison' are also prominent, hinting at the criminality associated with women's equality at the time. 


Most common words used when describing the feminist movement (2000-2020)

Looking at modern-day terms, we see a much different picture of feminism. Words like 'happiness', 'sex, 'equality', and 'work' are frequent, but not seen in the other word cloud. This indicates a shift in media focus, towards the center and purpose of the movement. 'Men' is still a prominent term, which I personally find interesting, but not surprising. 

Above is a side-by-side of the sentiment analysis done on both periods. As you can see, the suffragette movement is depicted in neutral to negative. The modern feminist movement is depicted in neutral to positive language.