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Big Girls Don’t Cry
Big Girls Don’t Cry offers an appraisal of the 2008 presidential campaign and its transformative nature for American women and the nation. The campaign for the presidency reopened conversations about gender, race, generational difference, sexism, and feminism.
Hillary Clinton's Race for the White House: Gender Politics and the Media on the Campaign Trail
This book considers women's access to the presidency, with a focus on Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign. Historical background is provided on gender and the media’s influence on presidential elections, and the authors speculate about the likelihood of electing a woman to the presidency in the future.
The Motherless State: Women’s Political Leadership and American Democracy
American women attain more professional success than most of their counterparts around the world, but they lag surprisingly far behind in the national political arena. The Motherless State reveals why the United States differs from comparable democracies, several of which routinely elect far more women to their national governing bodies and chief executive positions.
Subtle Sexism? Examining Vote Preferences When Women Run Against Men for the Presidency
This article discusses how the gender of presidential candidates influences public perceptions of their qualifications and vote choice using five candidates: Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Dole, John Edwards, Rudy Giuliani, and John McCain.
Rethinking Madam President: Are We Ready for a Woman in the White House?
Rethinking Madam President offers a critical assessment of the inroads made by female candidates into the previously male bastion of electoral success. The authors tackle a range of provocative issues: the conflation of the presidency with masculinity; the media’s focus, even today, on the novelty of a female candidate; public support for women that often evaporates in the voting booth; and more.
Social Desirability Effects and Support for a Female American President
Public opinion polls show consistently that a substantial portion of the American public would vote for a qualified female presidential candidate. Because of the controversial nature of such questions, however, the responses may suffer from social desirability effects. In other words, respondents may be purposely giving false answers as not to violate societal norms.
Issue Saliency and Gender Stereotypes: Support for women as Presidents in Times of War and Terrorism
This article examines how issue saliency affects the public's perceptions of whether a man or a woman would make a better president. People who thought that terrorism, homeland security, and/or the U.S. involvement in Iraq were the most important problems facing the nation were more likely to say that a man would make a better president.