The Highest Glass Ceiling

Women's Quest for the American Presidency

Author: Ellen Fitzpatrick

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674496078

Category: Political Science

Page: 330

View: 9787

Best-selling historian Ellen Fitzpatrick tells the story of three remarkable women who set their sights on the Presidency. The arduous, dramatic quests of Victoria Woodhull (1872), Margaret Chase Smith (1964), and Shirley Chisholm (1972) illuminate today’s political landscape, shedding light on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign for the Oval Office.

The Highest Glass Ceiling

Women's Quest for the American Presidency

Author: Ellen Fitzpatrick

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780674088931

Category: Political Science

Page: 220

View: 8389

A woman will one day occupy the Oval Office because women themselves have made it inevitable, says best-selling historian Ellen Fitzpatrick. In The Highest Glass Ceiling she tells the remarkable story of the candidates, voters, activists, and citizens who, despite overwhelming odds against women in politics, set their sights on the highest office in the land. Since Victoria Woodhull launched her symbolic bid for the presidency in 1872, dozens of women have sought the presidency over the past 150 years. Their quest began long before women won the vote and it unfolded over decades when a womanâe(tm)s pursuit of any higher political office was met with prejudice, mockery, and hostility. Even after women started voting in 1920, they remained shut out of the smoke-filled rooms where presidential candidacies were often born. In the words of suffrage leader Carrie Chapman Cott, âeoeThe real thing in the center, with the door locked tight,âe is the âeoeparty machinery.âe From stunt campaigns like comedian Gracie Allenâe(tm)s to the more seriousâe"and to many party leaders, more troublesomeâe"bids of Republican Senator Margaret Smith and Democratic Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, female candidates continued to challenge womenâe(tm)s exclusion from presidential politics. Their long journey to the White House is a tale of influence and intrigue right up to the present political moment. Whether a woman will break through the glass ceiling during the current election cycle is uncertain, Fitzpatrick acknowledges. But it will happen sooner or laterâe"for reasons that are illuminated in The Highest Glass Ceiling.

Madam President, Revised Edition

Women Blazing the Leadership Trail

Author: Eleanor Clift,Tom Brazaitis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136705171

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 4900

First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

No Place for a Woman

A Life of Senator Margaret Chase Smith

Author: Janann Sherman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780813529677

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 298

View: 9974

No Place for a Woman is the first biography to analyze Margaret Chase Smith's life and times by using politics and gender as the lens through which we can understand this Maine senator's impact on American politics and American women. Sherman's research is based upon more than one hundred hours of personal interviews with Senator Smith, and extensive research in primary and government documents, including those from the holdings of the Margaret Chase Smith Library.

Resisting Citizenship

Feminist Essays on Politics, Community, and Democracy

Author: Martha A. Ackelsberg

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135775230

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

View: 6896

Political participation in America—supposedly the world’s strongest democracy—is startlingly low, and many of the civil rights and economic equity initiatives that were instituted in the 1960s and '70s have been abandoned, as significant proportions of the populace seem to believe that the civil rights battle has been won. However, rates of collective engagement, like community activism, are surprisingly high. In Resisting Citizenship, renowned feminist political scientist Martha Ackelsberg argues that community activism may hold important clues to reviving democracy in this time of growing bureaucratization and inequality. This book brings together many of Ackelsberg’s writings over the past 25 years, combining her own field work and interviews with cutting edge research and theory on democracy and activism. She explores these efforts in order to draw lessons—and attempt to incorporate knowledge—about current notions of democracy from those who engage in "non-traditional" participation, those who have, in many respects, been relegated to the margins of political life in the United States.

What Will It Take to Make A Woman President?

Conversations About Women, Leadership and Power

Author: Marianne Schnall

Publisher: Seal Press

ISBN: 158005496X

Category: Political Science

Page: 384

View: 7313

Prompted by a question from her eight-year-old daughter during the 2008 election of Barack Obama—“Why haven’t we ever had a woman president?”—Marianne Schnall set out on a journey to find the answer. A widely published writer, author, and interviewer, and the Executive Director of, Schnall began looking at the issues from various angles and perspectives, gathering viewpoints from influential people from all sectors. What Will It Take to Make A Woman President? features interviews with politicians, public officials, thought leaders, writers, artists, and activists in an attempt to discover the obstacles that have held women back and what needs to change in order to elect a woman into the White House. With insights and personal anecdotes from Sheryl Sandberg, Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, Nancy Pelosi, Nicholas Kristof, Melissa Etheridge, and many more, this book addresses timely, provocative issues involving women, politics, and power. With a broader goal of encouraging women and girls to be leaders in their lives, their communities, and the larger world, Schnall and her interviewees explore the changing paradigms occurring in politics and in our culture with the hope of moving toward meaningful and effective solutions—and a world where a woman can be president.

Breaking the Political Glass Ceiling

Women and Congressional Elections

Author: Barbara Palmer,Dennis Simon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135891745

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

View: 3501

Why has the integration of women into Congress been so slow? Is there a "political glass ceiling" for women? Although women use the same strategic calculations as men to decide when to run, the decision regarding where to run is something else. While redistricting has increasingly protected incumbents, it also has the unintended consequence of shaping the opportunities for female candidates. The political geography and socio-economic profile of districts that elect women differ substantially from districts that elect men. With data on over 10,000 elections and 30,000 candidates from 1916 to the present, Palmer and Simon explore how strategy and the power of incumbency affect women’s decisions to run for office. Breaking the Political Glass Ceiling is the most comprehensive analysis of women in congressional elections available. The Second Edition is fully updated to reflect the pivotal 2006 mid-term elections, including Nancy Pelosi’s rise to Speaker of the House, Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency, and a record number of women serving as committee chairs. Additionally, the authors have created a website, found at, to highlight key features of the book and provide updates throughout the election cycle.

The Hello Girls

America's First Women Soldiers

Author: Elizabeth Cobbs,Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674971477

Category: History

Page: 400

View: 6359

In 1918 the U.S. Army Signal Corps sent 223 women to France to help win World War I. Elizabeth Cobbs reveals the challenges these patriotic young women faced in a war zone where male soldiers resented, wooed, mocked, saluted, and ultimately celebrated them. Back on the home front, they fought the army for veterans’ benefits and medals, and won.

The Destruction of Hillary Clinton

Author: Susan Bordo

Publisher: Melville House

ISBN: 1612196632


Page: 244

View: 4952

In a mere few months during the 2016 presidential campaign, the accomplished and poised former Senator and Secretary of State was turned into something unrecognizable. Hillary was 'flawed.' 'Historically unpopular.' 'Untrustworthy.' Not 'available' enough to the media or 'the people.' We heard it - and more - from our neighbours overseas, on social media, in our offices and our houses. What happened? In a week-by-week narrative of the campaign year - from the primaries through election day - Bordo deconstructs the various forces that contributed to Hillary Clinton's political destruction.

Unbought and Unbossed: Expanded 40th Anniversary Edition

Author: Shirley Chisholm

Publisher: Take Root Media

ISBN: 098005902X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 199

View: 9714

Chisholm recalls her remarkable rise from young girl in Brooklyn to America's first African-American Congresswoman. She shares how she took on an entrenched system, gave a public voice to millions, and forever changed the status quo.

Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency

Author: David Greenberg

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393285502

Category: History

Page: 560

View: 9687

“A brilliant, fast-moving narrative history of the leaders who have defined the modern American presidency.”—Bob Woodward In Republic of Spin—a vibrant history covering more than one hundred years of politics—presidential historian David Greenberg recounts the rise of the White House spin machine, from Teddy Roosevelt to Barack Obama. His sweeping, startling narrative takes us behind the scenes to see how the tools and techniques of image making and message craft work. We meet Woodrow Wilson convening the first White House press conference, Franklin Roosevelt huddling with his private pollsters, Ronald Reagan’s aides crafting his nightly news sound bites, and George W. Bush staging his “Mission Accomplished” photo-op. We meet, too, the backstage visionaries who pioneered new ways of gauging public opinion and mastering the media—figures like George Cortelyou, TR’s brilliantly efficient press manager; 1920s ad whiz Bruce Barton; Robert Montgomery, Dwight Eisenhower’s canny TV coach; and of course the key spinmeisters of our own times, from Roger Ailes to David Axelrod. Greenberg also examines the profound debates Americans have waged over the effect of spin on our politics. Does spin help our leaders manipulate the citizenry? Or does it allow them to engage us more fully in the democratic project? Exploring the ideas of the century’s most incisive political critics, from Walter Lippmann and H. L. Mencken to Hannah Arendt and Stephen Colbert, Republic of Spin illuminates both the power of spin and its limitations—its capacity not only to mislead but also to lead.

Big Girls Don't Cry

The Election that Changed Everything for American Women

Author: Rebecca Traister

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 143915029X

Category: Political Science

Page: 352

View: 9921

A journalist and feminist explores the ways the 2008 election brought issues concerning women and power, sexism and feminism into the national spotlight, and what it means for the country, all the while weaving in her first-person experience navigating this turbulent time.

Letters to Jackie

Condolences from a Grieving Nation

Author: Ellen Fitzpatrick

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061969826

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 1799

As seen on NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, CNN, MSNBC, and in the Boston Globe, New York Times, and USA Today It is perhaps the most memorable event of the twentieth century: the assassination of president John F. Kennedy Within seven weeks of president Kennedy’s assassination in November 1963, Jacqueline Kennedy received more than 800,000 condolence letters. Two years later, the volume of correspondence would exceed 1.5 million letters. For the next forty-six years, the letters would remain essentially untouched. Now, in her selection of 250 of these astonishing letters, historian Ellen Fitzpatrick reveals a remarkable human record of that devastating moment, of Americans across generations, regions, races, political leanings, and religions, in mourning and crisis. Reflecting on their sense of loss, their fears, and their hopes, the authors of these letters wrote an elegy for the fallen president that captured the soul of the nation.

No Depression in Heaven

The Great Depression, the New Deal, and the Transformation of Religion in the Delta

Author: Alison Collis Greene

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019937189X

Category: Religion

Page: 336

View: 9828

In No Depression in Heaven, Alison Collis Greene demonstrates how the Great Depression and New Deal transformed the relationship between church and state. Grounded in Memphis and the Delta, this book traces the collapse of voluntarism, the link between southern religion and the New Deal, and the gradual alienation of conservative Christianity from the state. At the start of the Great Depression, churches and voluntary societies provided the only significant source of aid for those in need in the South. Limited in scope, divided by race, and designed to control the needy as much as to support them, religious aid collapsed under the burden of need in the early 1930s. Hungry, homeless, and out-of-work Americans found that they had nowhere to turn at the most desolate moment of their lives. Religious leaders joined a chorus of pleas for federal intervention in the crisis and a permanent social safety net. They celebrated the New Deal as a religious triumph. Yet some complained that Franklin Roosevelt cut the churches out of his programs and lamented their lost moral authority. Still others found new opportunities within the New Deal. By the late 1930s, the pattern was set for decades of religious and political realignment. More than a study of religion and politics, No Depression in Heaven uncovers the stories of men and women who endured the Depression and sought in their religious worlds the spiritual resources to endure material deprivation. Its characters are rich and poor, black and white, mobile sharecroppers and wealthy reformers, enamored of the federal government and appalled by it. Woven into this story of political and social transformation are stories of southern men and women who faced the greatest economic disaster of the twentieth century and tried to build a better world than the one they inhabited.

In It to Win

Electing Madam President

Author: Lori Cox Han

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1628923296

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

View: 7076

When will the United States elect its first woman president? Many political observers believed that Hillary Clinton would win the White House in 2008, and many still believe she is a strong contender for 2016. Yet, while many believe that electing the first woman president is not a question of if, but who and when, media speculation on the topic has yet to move it from an interesting talking point to political reality. The question remains: Just how close are we to breaking this final political glass ceiling? By merging the two literatures of women and politics (especially women as candidates) and presidential campaigns and elections, a winning strategy for women candidates can emerge by analyzing what political science research tells us from past campaigns and what we can expect in the future.


Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign

Author: Jonathan Allen,Amie Parnes

Publisher: Crown Books

ISBN: 0553447084

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 464

View: 1451

An analysis of the bitter 2016 presidential election, told from the viewpoints of Hilary Clinton campaign insiders, reconstructs key decisions and missed opportunities cited as the cause of the election upset.

Exit Right

The People Who Left the Left and Reshaped the American Century

Author: Daniel Oppenheimer

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416589708

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

View: 3197

"Oppenheimer tells the stories of six major political figures whose journeys away from the Left reshaped the contours of American politics in the twentieth century. By going deep into the minds of six apostates--Whittaker Chambers, James Burnham, Ronald Reagan, Norman Podhoretz, David Horowitz, and Christopher Hitchens--Oppenheimer offers an ... intimate history of the American Left, and the Right's reaction"--

Smoking Typewriters

The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America

Author: John McMillian

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199376468

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 5918

Originally published in hardcover in 2011.


The Unmaking of the First Female President

Author: Julia Gorin

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781539771227


Page: 230

View: 4799

"This is a funny yenta!" - Jackie Mason, on Gorin. Having narrowly avoided the Hillary apocalypse, we can now reflect on what almost was. This Clinton comedy retrospective is a punch-line-accentuataed book of quotes and excerpts by and about the Clintons. Armed with the public's blessing for their previous shenanigans, the Clintons have been going full-speed ahead ever since, resulting in a year of 'Clinton sport' that required more stamina than anyone could have predicted. Hillary may have lost the election, but the Clintathlon promises to continue clinfinitely. Really, who but a Clinton could face a tossup between prison and presidency? Who else can claim a get-out-of-jail card that's the White House? "What a country!" as comedian Yakov Smirnoff used to say. Excerpts: LIKE ON A PLATTER TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER "So I walked into our local [Marine] recruiting office.... This young man...finally said to me, 'You're too old. You can't see. And you're a woman.' ... I decided maybe I'll look for another way to serve my country." -Hillary Clinton at a Capitol Hill lunch honoring military women, about her stated 1975 attempt to join the military, AP, June 15, 1994 SHE DOES SEEM UNSINKABLE "There's nothing wrong with a witch hunt if you catch a real witch." -Former Senate GOP foreign policy adviser Jim Jatras, TheJIM!gram(c), Oct 23, 2015 ANOTHER CLINTON WHO THINKS IT'S ALL ABOUT THE HARDWARE "Well, the system we used was set up for President Clinton's office...It was on property guarded by the Secret Service." -Hillary Clinton to reporters at the UN, March 9, 2015, vouching for the physical safety of her computer BILL LIKES THAT ONE TOO "By the way, you may have seen that I have recently launched a Snapchat account. I love it - those messages disappear all by themselves." -Hillary Clinton, at the annual Iowa Democratic Wing Ding, Aug. 12, 2015 SAID THE SHEIK "I'm with Her" -2016 campaign slogan

Election 2004

How Bush Won and what You Can Expect in the Future

Author: Evan Thomas

Publisher: Public Affairs

ISBN: 9781586482930

Category: Political Science

Page: 209

View: 8825

An extraordinary behind-the-scenes look at the 2004 Bush presidential victory reported by NEWSWEEK's premier political reporters, including bestselling biographer Evan Thomas.