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Madam President, Revised Edition

Women Blazing the Leadership Trail, 1st Edition

By Eleanor Clift, Tom Brazaitis


366 pages

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


"A most comprehensive job…Looks at just about every woman in contemporary American politics." -- New York Times Book Review

"A highly readable narrative chronicling the political trajectories of female candidate…A handy reference work, charting the progress of feminine power." -- The Washington Post

"A valuable compendium of facts and solid reporting for those interested in this subject. It's best when the women politicians speak for themselves. The litany of sexist assaults they've had to endure is a drum beat far more effective than moralizing." -- Washington Monthly

"A timely look at the nation's sputtering efforts to envision a woman in America's top job. An invaluable primer for any woman who is considering a run for office at any level." -- Boston Globe

"The value of this book is its exploration of why American public opinion seems stunted when it comes to trusting only men in the highest positions of power…Also included are well-written profiles of the women from both parties most likely to come within striking distance of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in the next 20 years." -- Christian Science Monitor

"Madam President has been a very successful addition to the reading list for my seminar on 'Women as Voters, Candidates as Leaders'." -- Political Science Quarterly

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Not a Woman? 1.Getting Organized 2.Women Raising Money for Women: The Creation of Emily's List 3.The Anita Hill Hearings: A Call to Arms /or: Women Running and Winning: The Post Ferraro Babies 4.Competing to Win Elective Office: The Obstacles Women Face 5.The 2000 Election: No Women Wanted 6.Senator Clinton 7.Go West, Young Woman 8.The Governor Gap 9.The Un-Kennedy 10.Governor Swift: A Cautionary Tale 11.Careful and Cautious 12.Women in the House and Senate 13.Hurrying History 14.Coda A How-to for Women Source Notes Index

About the Authors

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.

About the Series

Women In American Politics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / United States / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies