The Presidency and Women: Promise, Performance, and Illusion

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“By identifying the parallel emergence of the women’s movement and the growth in the executive branch, Martin skillfully demonstrates how our political system can accommodate the demand for change and also maintain a stable government.”

Perspectives on Political Science  

 

“Martin’s analysis provides overdue insight into the relationship between the presidency as an institution and women as a leading interest group.”—National Journal 
 

2004 Richard Neustadt prize from the American Political Science Association for the best book written on the presidency in 2003 Winner!

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Editorial Reviews

Perspectives on Political Science
"Martin’s work will interest scholars of the modern women’s movement and of the presidency."-Perspectives on Political Science
National Journal
"Martin's analysis provides overdue insight into the relationship between the presidency as an institution and women as a leading interest group." -National Journal
Choice
". . . well-researched and interestingly written"-Choice
Journal of American History
" . . . her study of these five presidents and women fills a gap in presidential and gender studies."-Journal of American History
Perspectives on Political Science

“Martin’s work will interest scholars of the modern women’s movement and of the presidency."-Perspectives on Political Science

National Journal

"Martin's analysis provides overdue insight into the relationship between the presidency as an institution and women as a leading interest group." -National Journal

Choice

“. . . well-researched and interestingly written”-Choice

Journal of American History

“ . . . her study of these five presidents and women fills a gap in presidential and gender studies.”-Journal of American History

National Journal

"Martin''s analysis provides overdue insight into the relationship between the presidency as an institution and women as a leading interest group." -National Journal

Karen M. Hult
"The Presidency and Women focuses attention on an often neglected area, exploring presidential involvement in both increasing the representation of women throughout the federal executive and fostering significant changes in the employment policies of the federal civil service and government contractors. At the same time, the volume underscores the limits of such activities and the persistent tendency for symbolism to masquerade as substance when it comes to policy initiatives and naming ‘key’ presidential advisers. The Presidency and Women makes an important contribution to scholarship on the U.S. presidency, the federal executive, and women in American politics and policy-making. It also promises to introduce readers to the long-term involvement of women in and around the U.S. presidency and to the evolution of and interplay between the U.S. presidency and women as political actors in and out of government."—Karen M. Hult, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
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Meet the Author

 JANET M. MARTIN is a professor of government in the department of government and legal studies at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Boxes
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
Ch. 1 Women and the Executive Branch: An Introduction and Historical Overview 17
Ch. 2 The Kennedy Administration: Advocating for Women - Esther Peterson and the President's Commission on the Status of Women 49
Ch. 3 The Johnson Administration: A Diferent Agenda - Inclusive Appointments 87
Ch. 4 The Nixon Administration: Women Establish a Lasting Presence in the White House Office 123
Ch. 5 The Ford Administration: The ERA Takes Center Stage 167
Ch. 6 The Carter Administration: Politics and Policy - A Turning Point for Women 203
Ch. 7 Conclusion: Promise and Illusion 249
App Party Platform Planks, 1896-2000 259
Notes 271
Bibliography 327
Index 339
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