Madam President: Women Blazing the Leadership Trail

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Taylor & Francis, 2003 - History - 340 pages
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The first Madam President will be sworn in sooner than most people think. But the gender gap in politics is still shockingly broad, say two of America's most readable political commentators in this "timely look at the nation's sputtering efforts to envision a woman in America's top job."(The Boston Globe). Charting the transformation of women's power in American politics from the first female presidential candidate (Victoria Woodhull in 1872) to the shattered presidential hopes of Shirley Chisholm and Elizabeth Dole, Madam President presents tales of passion, determination, set-backs, and triumph from nearly all national women politicians and most leading state politicians "in the pipeline." With insight garnered from years on the Washington political scene and candid interviews with leading politicians like Christine Todd Whitman and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Clift and Brazaitis explain why the barriers to women are still formidable: There are only 3 female governors (one of the best routes to the White House) and at the current rate it will take 250 years before there are as many women Senators and Representatives as men. A forward-looking, savvy analysis of women in politics, Madam President gives the first inside look at how America's female politicians got there, stayed there, and what it will take for them to make it to the presidency.
 

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Madam President: shattering the last glass ceiling

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Newsweek contributing editor Clift and her husband, Brazaitis, don't focus so much on the Presidency as on all the other political offices women have been overtaking recently. Read full review

Contents

Getting Organized
1
The Creation of Emilys List
29
The PostFerraro Babies
45
The Obstacles Women Face
67
No Women Wanted
93
Senator Clinton
135
Go West Young Woman
163
The Governor Gap
179
A Cautionary Tale
227
Careful and Cautious
239
Women in the House
251
Hurrying History
287
Coda A Howto for Women
315
Source Notes
323
Index
331
Copyright

The UnKennedy
207

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About the author (2003)

Eleanor Clift is a contributing editor at Newsweek and a weekly panelist on "The McLaughlin Group." Brill's Content has called her one of the most accurate predictors among the pundits on the political talk shows. Tom Brazaitis, is Washington bureau chief for The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) and president of the Washington Press Club.

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