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Although the United States ranks sixtieth internationally in women's political leadership, in 2004, a record nine women held governorships, sixty women served as House members with an additional three women elected as delegates from Washington, D.C., Guam, and the Virgin Islands, and fourteen women occupied Senate seats. How have these women managed to beat the odds in their successful attempts to enter national politics? How do they fruitfully participate in the political process once they gain entry into the sacred halls of Congress and the state house? Women's Political Discourse profiles women in the most highly visible political offices today, highlighting their communication strategies. Following an engaging overview of women's political discourse from the early twentieth century, the book features selected women governors, representatives, and senators of the past several decades, from Jeannette Rankin—the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives—to Hillary Rodham Clinton. The authors compare women's and men's political communication techniques and include helpful lists of the women governmental leaders of the twentieth and the twenty-first century. Exploring women's unique approaches to governing, Women's Political Discourse seeks to lay out innovative approaches to leadership.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 1 A Space for Discourse Chapter 4 2 Echoes from the Pioneers: Women's Political Voices in the Twentieth Century Chapter 5 3 Discourse from "A Woman's Place": Twenty-first-Century Rhetoric in the U.S. House of Representatives Chapter 6 4 Strangers No More: The Discourse of Twenty-first-Century Women in the U.S. Senate Chapter 7 5 Voices from All Directions: Women's Discourse in the Twenty-first-Century State House Chapter 8 Conclusion Chapter 9 Afterword Chapter 10 Appendix A: Women in the U.S. House: Twentieth Century Chapter 11 Appendix B: Women in the U.S. House: Twenty-first Century Chapter 12 Appendix C: Women in the U.S. Senate: Twentieth Century Chapter 13 Appendix D: Women in the U.S. Senate: Twenty-first Century Chapter 14 Appendix E: Women Governors: Twentieth Century Chapter 15 Appendix F: Women Governors: Twenty-first Century Chapter 16 References Chapter 17 Index Chapter 18 About the Authors