Journal Articles:

Williams, Blair and Brent Greer. 2023. ‘All’s Fair in Pandemic and War? A Gendered Analysis of Australian Coverage of Covid-19’. Media and Communication 11(1): 91–101.

Johnson, Carol and Blair Williams. 2021. ‘Still Lacking Her Rights at Work: The treatment of women politicians in the Australian Parliament and news media’. Australasian Parliamentary Review 36(2): 110–129.

Palmieri, Sonia, Blair Williams and Marian Sawer. 2021. ‘Introduction to Special Issue on Parliament as a Gendered Workplace’. Australasian Parliamentary Review 36(2): 8–19.

Williams, Blair. 2021. ‘Where are all the Great Women politicians? A gendered analysis of Australian political biographies.’ Australian Journal of Biography and History 5: 23-48.

Williams, Blair. 2020. ‘It’s a Man’s World at the Top: Gendered Media Representations of Julia Gillard and Helen Clark’. Feminist Media Studies.

Johnson, Carol and Blair Williams. 2020. ‘Gender and Political Leadership in a Time of COVID’. Politics & Gender 16(4): 943–950.

Williams, Blair. 2020. ‘A Tale of Two Women: A comparative media analysis of UK Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May’. Parliamentary Affairs 74(2): 398–420.

Williams, Blair. 2017. ‘A Gendered Media Analysis of the Prime Ministerial Ascension of Gillard and Turnbull: He’s “taken back the reins” and she’s “a backstabbing” murderer’. Australian Journal of Political Science 52 (4): 550–564.


Book Chapters:

Williams, Blair. Forthcoming. ‘The Politics of “Letting It Rip”: Why Australia went from zero-COVID to COVID-Central’. In Research Handbook on Public Management and Covid-19, edited by Helen Dickenson, Catherine Smith, Sophie Yates and Janine O’Flynn. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Williams, Blair and Marian Sawer. Forthcoming. ‘High vis and hard hats versus the care economy: Gender and the 2022 election’. In Watershed? The 2022 Australian Federal Election, edited by Anika Gauja, Marian Sawer and Jill Sheppard. Canberra: ANU Press.

Williams, Blair. Forthcoming. ‘Leadership in the Lands Down Under? A comparative print media analysis of the Morrison and Ardern government COVID-19 responses’. In Routledge Gender Companion to Gender and COVID-19, edited by Linda McClain and Aziza Ahmed. Oxfordshire: Routledge.

Williams, Blair. 2023. ‘Re-Energising the Revolution Today’. In Revisiting the Revolution: Whitlam and Women, edited by Leanne Smith and Michelle Arrow. Sydney: NewSouth.

Williams, Blair. 2021. ‘The Murdoch Presses: Representation of Masculinity and Femininity in Leadership’. In Gender and Australian Political Leadership, edited by Zareh Ghazarian and Katrina Lee-Koo, 182-192. Sydney: NewSouth.

Williams, Blair and Marian Sawer. 2018. ‘Rainbow Labor and a Purple Policy Launch: Gender and Sexuality Issues’. In Double Disillusion: The 2016 Australian Federal Election, edited by Anika Gauja, et al. ANU press.

Encyclopaedia Entries:

Williams, Blair. 2020. ‘Margaret Thatcher’. In The International Encyclopedia of Gender, Media, and Communication, edited by Karen Ross. Wiley Blackwell.

Williams, Blair. 2020. ‘Julia Gillard’. In The International Encyclopedia of Gender, Media, and Communication, edited by Karen Ross. Wiley Blackwell.

Williams, Blair. 2020. ‘Helen Clark’. In The International Encyclopedia of Gender, Media, and Communication, edited by Karen Ross. Wiley Blackwell.


Price, Jenna and Blair Williams. 2021. ‘2021 Women for Media Report: “Take the Next Steps”’. Women’s Leadership Institute Australia.

Book Reviews:

Williams, Blair. 2021. ‘Ms Represented: Exploring 100 years of struggles and firsts for women in politics’. History Australia 18(4): 872–874.

Williams, Blair. 2020. ‘Book Review: Choice Words: A Collection of Writing About Abortion’. Queensland Review 27(2): 206-208.

Williams, Blair. 2018. ‘Book Review: Gender, Politics, News: A Game of Three Sides’. Feminist Media Studies 18 (2): 333–334.

Under Review:

Williams, Blair. ‘The Queering of Women Prime Ministers: A Visual Analysis of Gendered Political Cartoons’. Under Review.

Williams, Blair. ‘From Daggy Dads to State Daddies: Theorising the masculinities of Australian male political leaders in the COVID-19 era’. Under Review.

Working papers:

Stephenson, Elise, Blair Williams, Gosia Mikolajczak and Jack Hayes. ‘Out Online: Australian queer politicians and harassment in social media’.

Williams, Blair. ‘Australia’s Woman Problem? The rise and fall of gender equality’.

Williams, Blair and Marian Sawer. ‘“Feminists have lost the plot”: Murdoch’s Anti-Gender Crusade in The Australian (2010-2020)’.

Williams, Blair. ‘Where are Women’s Voices in the News? The gender gap in Australian news publications’.

Williams, Blair. Media Sexism: How the press portray women prime ministers.

Public Writing:

  1. Williams, Blair. 2023. ‘Rethinking COVID hegemony’. Croakey Health Media. 1 February.
  2. Williams, Blair. 2023. ‘How COVID infection became normalised despite the mounting costs’. The Canberra Times. 8 January.
  3. Williams, Blair. 2022. ‘The hidden cost of living with COVID-19’. The Canberra Times. 3 December.
  4. Williams, Blair. 2022. ‘October federal budget: Gender equality a central concern, not an afterthought’. Monash Lens. 28 October.
  5. Williams, Blair. 2022. ‘Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech still resonates on 10-year anniversary’. The Canberra Times. 9 October.
  6. Williams, Blair. 2022. ‘Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin dancing is only unusual because women in power are, sadly, unusual’. The Canberra Times. 3 September.
  7. Williams, Blair. 2022. ‘Why does it feel like we’re being gaslit by a government in stasis?’ The Canberra Times. 1 August.
  8. Williams, Blair. 2022. ‘Women have made their voices heard this election, and the message is clear’. The Canberra Times. 7 June.
  9. Williams, Blair. 2022. ‘Australian women deserve better’. Policy Forum. 19 May.
  10. Williams, Blair. 2022. ‘What happens when State Daddy Anthony Albanese takes on Daggy Dad Scott Morrison?’ The Canberra Times. 3 May.
  11. Williams, Blair. 2022. ‘Climate change reality bursts Scott Morrison’s election campaign bubble’. The Canberra Times. 5 April.
  12. Williams, Blair. 2022. ‘Scott Morrison is banking on family ties to solve his ‘woman problem’ this election’. The Canberra Times. 1 March.
  13. Williams, Blair. 2022. ‘What leads some politicians to want to “let COVID rip”?’ The Canberra Times. 1 February.
  14. Williams, Blair. 2021. ‘In 2021 #MeToo finally made it to #Auspol — what happens next?’ ABC News. 22 December.
  15. Williams, Blair. 2021. ‘In 2021 #MeToo finally made it to #Auspol – what happens next?’ The Conversation. 22 December.
  16. Williams, Blair. 2021. ‘Berejiklian avoids being thrown off the glass cliff’. The Canberra Times. 11 December.
  17. Williams, Blair. 2021. ‘There’s no time to waste implementing Jenkins’ recommendations’. The Canberra Times. 7 December.
  18. Williams, Blair. 2021. ‘Women’s voices need to be heard in the media’. The Canberra Times. 20 November.
  19. Williams, Blair. 2021. ‘In Australian media, women’s voices are still not heard’. The Conversation. 19 November.
  20. Williams, Blair. 2021. ‘Climate inaction in the face of mass extinction? Young people aren’t having it’. The Canberra Times. 9 November.
  21. Williams, Blair. 2021. ‘An independent human rights commission begins with transparency, fairness’. The Canberra Times. 5 October.
  22. Williams, Blair. 2021. ‘I studied 31 Australian political biographies published in the past decade — only 4 were about women’. The Conversation.14 September.
  23. Williams, Blair. 2021. ‘In the Delta wave of COVID, who will think of the children?’ The Canberra Times. 6 September.
  24. Williams, Blair. 2021. ‘Why we deserve more from our politicians’. BroadAgenda. 10 August.
  25. Williams, Blair. 2021. ‘Binding code of conduct needed for safer workplace at Parliament House’. The Canberra Times. 3 August.
  26. Williams, Blair. 2021. ‘If Australia is serious about fixing the culture at parliament, this is the code of conduct we need’. The Conversation. 30 July.
  27. Williams, Blair. 2021. ‘A code of conduct can help dismantle sexism in our Parliament’. The Canberra Times. 16 July.
  28. Williams, Blair. 2021. ‘Barnaby Joyce’s return shows boys’ club still prevails’. The Canberra Times. 6 July.
  29. Williams, Blair. 2021. ‘The govt’s university funding cuts will bring lasting damage’. The Canberra Times. 1 June.
  30. Williams, Blair. 2021. ‘Covid has shown we need to do away with hyper-masculine styles of leadership’. Essays on Covid-19: The road to a gender-equal recovery. 11 May.
  31. Williams, Blair. 2021. ‘What’s in a name? The glaring double standard in politics’. The Canberra Times. 4 May.
  32. Williams, Blair. 2021. ‘Now for some better news: 9 Australians fighting for gender equality and making a difference’. The Conversation. 19 April.
  33. Williams, Blair. 2021. ‘A lasting women’s movement must make sure to include all women’. The Canberra Times. 6 April.
  34. Williams, Blair. 2020. ‘Inside the Toxic Sexist Culture of Australia’s Political Bubble’. Australian Outlook. 20 November.
  35. Williams, Blair. 2020. ‘Opinion: How the Murdoch media treats women leaders needs a spotlight’. SBS Dateline. 19 November.
  36. Williams, Blair. 2020. ‘There’s a big problem with the Murdoch media no one is talking about — how it treats women leaders’. The Conversation. 19 November.
  37. Williams, Blair and Kim Huynh. 2020. ‘Channel Seven’s Plate of Origin shows how Australian multiculturalism is defined by white people’. The Conversation. 22 September.
  38. Williams, Blair. 2020. ‘“Expect sexism”: A gender politics expert reads Julia Gillard’s Women and Leadership‘. The Conversation. 17 July.
  39. Williams, Blair. 2020. ‘Are women leaders really better?’. Essays on Equality: COVID-19 Edition. 3 July.
  40. Williams, Blair. 2020. ‘Key figures in Australian political history: Julia Gillard, the leader who would ‘not be lectured’. The Conversation. 2 June.
  41. Williams, Blair. 2020. ‘A Tale of Two Women: A comparative media analysis of UK Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May’. Pop Politics Aus. 11 May.
  42. Williams, Blair. 2020. ‘It’s Reigning Men: Media portrayal and betrayal of 2 women PMs’. BroadAgenda. 29 March.
  43. Williams, Blair and Kim Huynh. 2020. ‘He says, she says: am I being sexist?’ The Canberra Times. 8 March.
  44. Williams, Blair. 2020. ‘From Tightropes to Gendered Tropes: A comparative study of the print mediation of women Prime Ministers’. Women’s Policy Action Tank Blog. 5 March.
  45. Williams, Blair. 2019. ‘Feminist or misogynist? Boris Johnson’s “woman problem”’. BroadAgenda. 12 August.
  46. Price, Jenna and Blair Williams. 2019. ‘Queensland paper backtracks after using violent imagery to depict Annastacia Palaszczuk’. The Conversation. 21 May.
  47. Williams, Blair and Louise Chappell. 2019. ‘The “unmarried head prefect” and other tired tropes: How the media stereotyped Gladys Berejiklian’. BroadAgenda. 28 March.
  48. Williams, Blair. 2018. ‘The maelstrom of the leadership spill: Julie Bishop and the glass cliff’. BroadAgenda. 24 August.
  49. Williams, Blair. 2018. ‘Media coverage of the UK’s female prime ministers has become more gendered from Thatcher to May’. Global Institute for Women’s Leadership. 26 June.
  50. Williams, Blair and Marian Sawer. 2018. ‘Rainbow Labor and a purple policy launch: Gender and sexuality in the 2016 federal election’. BroadAgenda. 2 March.
  51. Williams, Blair. 2017. ‘Julia Gillard, gender and the media: Treading the tight-rope’. VIDA Blog: Australian Women’s History Network. 10 May.
  52. Williams, Blair. 2017. ‘He’s “taken back the reins” and she’s “a backstabbing murderer”’. BroadAgenda. 10 March.
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