You've Come a Long Way, Maybe: Sarah, Michelle, Hillary, and the Shaping of the New American Woman

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Leslie Sanchez — strategist, writer and political seer — spent much of 2008 as an analyst on CNN, examining, investigating and deciphering the historic moment for women and politics that was the presidential election. And what she sees in the future is a landscape changed drastically for women the world over and their expectations. In You've Come a Long Way, Maybe, she debunks the cultural and political myths surrounding women, and looks at the wide range of reactions Hillary, Michelle and Sarah provoked from the...

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You've Come a Long Way, Maybe: Sarah, Michelle, Hillary, and the Shaping of the New American Woman

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Leslie Sanchez — strategist, writer and political seer — spent much of 2008 as an analyst on CNN, examining, investigating and deciphering the historic moment for women and politics that was the presidential election. And what she sees in the future is a landscape changed drastically for women the world over and their expectations. In You've Come a Long Way, Maybe, she debunks the cultural and political myths surrounding women, and looks at the wide range of reactions Hillary, Michelle and Sarah provoked from the small towns to the big city salons to the Sunday talk shows. She pays special attention to those most active and most examined during the election: the disappointed Hillary supporters, the rabid Sarah Palin fans, and everyone else wondering about the role of the new First Lady. Along the way, Leslie takes a hard look at what the election will mean for women now and in the future, and also at what leaders might emerge in 2012, and beyond.

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"You've Come a Long Way, Maybe is a fascinating exploration the roles of women in politics, in the media and in the electorate. In a call to action only Leslie Sanchez could make, she challenges us all - Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike - to truly consider the concept of equality."—Paul Begala, Former advisor to President Clinton and CNN Democratic Analyst

 

"Who better than Leslie Sanchez to put together a concise and compelling look at women and politics, how far they've come, how far they need to go.  A must-read if you care about women or politics or both"—Candy Crowley, CNN Senior Political Correspondent

"Leslie Sanchez strong defense of Sarah Palin during the election and her understanding of impact of conservative women in politics, makes this a must-read!" — Sean Hannity, host of The Sean Hannity Show and author of Let Freedom Ring

"Leslie Sanchez shows women on the left and the right how to get their seat at the table for developing solutions to America’s most pressing problems."—Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich

“Leslie Sanchez serves as the perfect guide through this significant moment for politics and for the American woman.”—Patti Solis Doyle, former Hilary Clinton campaign manager 

 

"Leslie Sanchez has her finger on the pulse of the diverse latino community.Regardless of your political position, you will find her perspectives thought provoking. She represents part of the broad spectrum of thought as well as the dynamic intellectual strength of Hispanics in America."—Jose Diaz-Balart Telemundo network anchor

 

“Leslie’s take on what the 2008 election meant for women, politics, and power is both practical and smart. Those on either side of the political divide would do well to take note.”—Rachel Sklar, former Media Editor, Huffington Post, and author of Jew-ish

 

“Sanchez makes many good points… and poses the ultimate question: What ranks might a future first female president come from? Where will the battles of the 1970s lead? And when will we know the answer? In Gloria Steinem's lifetime? Mine? Yours? Like the tide, the prospect of a female president keeps advancing, and receding.” -The Washington Post Book Review

 

“Leslie Sanchez argues the 2008 presidential election measured not only how far women have progressed in politics but also what challenges remain… and why women are so tough on one another.” –U.S. News & World Report

 

“Sanchez herself has experienced no shortage of professional success; but her careful analyses of Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and Michelle Obama remind readers that, while women have come a long way since the dawn of the modern feminist movement, women -seeking public office share a daunting task.” —The Weekly Standard

 

 

Praise for Los Republicanos:

 

"Los Republicanos provides an understanding of the Hispanic voter from the unique point of view of an insider who also provides a look into the future of American politics." —Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.)

 

“I hope every single political activist of a conservative nature picks up Los Republicanos and reads it and memorizes passages of it. I think it's that important!” Michael Medved

 

“Sanchez makes many good points. She astutely notes that part of the ‘overall paradox’ of Clinton's candidacy is that the first woman ‘with a real shot at the Oval Office was not seen as representing a change’. . . And Sanchez poses the ultimate question: What ranks might a future first female president come from?” —Washington Post Book World

 

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230618169
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Leslie Sanchez is a Republican strategist and former adviser to President George W. Bush, a frequent columnist and CNN political contributor, and founder and CEO of Impacto Group. Sanchez's analysis has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, as well as all the networks and on such shows as NBC's "Nightly News," the "Today" show and PBS's News Hour with Jim Lehrer.

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Table of Contents

Introduction You've Come a Long Way, Maybe 1

Ch. 1 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsuits 19

Ch. 2 The Palin Effect 45

Ch. 3 Women's Groups and Sarah Palin: Is Palin a Feminist? Does it Matter? 77

Ch. 4 What it Takes: Steel Magnolias 97

Ch. 5 From the Kitchen to the Kitchen Cabinet 123

Ch. 6 Ladies First 139

Ch. 7 What's Next: We Won the Battles. When Will We Win the War? 165

Ch. 8 What Do Women Do N.O.W? The Need to Nationally Organize Women 179

Notes 195

Index 209

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