Paving the Way for Madam President

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When the first woman president moves into the White House, she will not only be indebted to the tireless campaign workers, staff, press, family, friends, and, of course, the voters who got her there, but Madam President will also have her sisters to thank for paving the way. Among these women are Margaret Chase Smith, the stalwart Republican senator from Maine who made a bid for the presidency in 1964; Shirley Chisholm, the fiery New York congresswoman who described herself as 'unbought and unbossed' in 1972; Patricia Schroeder, the silvery-tongued and brilliant former Colorado congresswoman who briefly ran in 1988; Elizabeth Dole, a North Carolina senator who made an impressive showing as a presidential candidate in 2000; and the articulate one-term Illinois senator, Carol Moseley Braun, who ran in 2004. This book chronicles the lives, communication styles, and presidential bids of these five remarkable women while also addressing the obstacles and opportunities for women as presidential contenders.

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Editorial Reviews

In this engaging narrative of pioneering women in politics, communications professor Gutgold demonstrates that Clinton's announcement was hardly unprecedented. Recommended.
Journal of Women, Politics, & Policy - Farida Jalalzai
Paving the Way for Madam President is a worthwhile book for scholars interested in women in politics.
January 2008 Review Of Communication
The many details that Gutgold offers...make for an interesting read biographical read....Nichola D. Gutgold offers a contemporary and significant book chock-full of artifacts and analysis.
Janis L. Edwards
As speculation about the prospects for a woman president increase, it's crucial to know the stories of those who have ventured on that journey. Paving the Way for Madam President updates the subject with accounts of the latest presidential candidates who happened to also be women.
In this engaging narrative of pioneering women in politics, communications professor Gutgold demonstrates that Clinton's announcement was hardly unprecedented. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739115930
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 8/19/2006
  • Series: Lexington Studies in Political Communication Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Nichola D. Gutgold is associate professor of communication at Penn State Lehigh Valley. She is co-author of Elizabeth Hanford Dole: Speaking from the Heart.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Introduction: Women and the American Presidency Chapter 3 "A Quiet Woman": Margaret Chase Smith for President Chapter 4 Shirley Chisholm: "Ms. Chis." For President Chapter 5 "Rendezvous with Reality": Patricia Schroeder for President Chapter 6 It's Her Turn: Elizabeth Dole for President Chapter 7 A Fiscal Hawk and a Peace Dove: Carol Moseley Braun for President Chapter 8 Continuing the Trail

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