Rethinking Madam President: Are We Ready for a Woman in the White House?

Front Cover
Lori Cox Han, Caroline Heldman
Lynne Rienner, 2007 - Political Science - 229 pages
?Informative and insightful.... The authors provide a compelling appraisal of the barriers that a woman US presidential candidate must confront and overcome in order to win nomination and election.? ?Sharon Z. Alter, William Rainey Harper College and Roosevelt University?In contrast to the typical, highly speculative ?madam president? discourse, this book offers concrete data and tools for assessing the changing accessibility of the Oval Office to women. A significant contribution, one that should find wide readership among scholars and frequent classroom adoption.? ?MaryAnne Borrelli, Connecticut CollegeFrom the political rumor mill to pop culture, all signs suggest that the United States is finally ready for a woman in the White House. But is the vision of an imminent Madam President truly in line with today?s political reality? Rethinking Madam President offers a critical assessment of the inroads made by female candidates into the previously male bastion of electoral success?exploring whether they actually apply to the presidency. The authors tackle a range of provocative issues: the conflation of the presidency with masculinity, particularly when it comes to security and military concerns; media coverage focusing, even today, on the novelty of a female candidate; public support for women that often evaporates in the voting booth; and more. Although Madam President is not an impossibility, they conclude, it would be a mistake to ignore the very significant hurdles that women still face on the path to the Oval Office.Lori Cox Han is professor of political science at Chapman University. Her publications include Women and American Politics and Governing from Center Stage. Caroline Heldman is assistant professor of political science at Occidental College.Contents: Is the US Really Ready for a Woman President??L.C. Han. Cultural Barriers to a Female Presidency in the US?C. Heldman. The Significance of Social and Institutional Expectations?S. Thomas and J.R. Schroedel. Shaping Women?s Chances: Stereotypes and the Media?G.S. Woodall and K.L. Fridkin. Masculinity on the Campaign Trail?G. Duerst-Lahti. Money and the Art and Science of Candidate Viability?V. Farrar-Myers. Political Parties: Advancing a Masculine Ideal?M. Conroy. Women as Executive Branch Leaders?K.M. Hult. Leadership Challenges in National Security?M. Bose. Conclusion: A Women in the White House? Never Say Never?A. Gordon.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

Rethinking Madam President: are we ready for a woman in the White House?

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

It's an exciting time to be a woman in the United States: the first "Madam Speaker" presides over Congress, her leadership reported on by the first female major network news anchor, who's also ... Read full review

Rethinking Madam President: are we ready for a woman in the White House?

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

It's an exciting time to be a woman in the United States: the first "Madam Speaker" presides over Congress, her leadership reported on by the first female major network news anchor, who's also ... Read full review

Contents

Cultural Barriers to a Female President
17
The Significance of Social
43
Stereotypes and the Media
69
Copyright

6 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2007)

LORI COX HAN is Professor of Political Science at Chapman University. The author of many publications, she is the coeditor of Rethinking Madam President: Are We Ready for a Woman in the White House and the author of Women and American Politics: The Challenges of Political Leadership.

Bibliographic information