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Political Women

Language and Leadership

Edited by Michele Lockhart and Kathleen Mollick - Contributions by Diane M. Blair; Kenneth Campbell; William Carney; Maria Daxenbichler; Kristie Fleckenstein; Rachel B. Friedman; Rochelle Gregory; Sara Hillin; Janet Johnson; Nichelle D. McNabb; Nancy Myers; Alison Novak; Rebecca S. Richards and Mary Tucker-McLaughlin

This collection examines the ways in which women have used political rhetoric and political discourse to provide leadership, or assert their right to leadership, at the national level. While over the years women have broken through traditional roles, they are still underrepresented in political leadership. In this text, scholars consider the various factors that continue to restrict political leadership opportunities for women as well as some of the ways in which individual women have strategically sought to enact political power and leadership for themselves. The contributors analyze various case studies of leadership positions at the national level, looking at women who have run, been nominated to run, or appointed to national positions. The interdisciplinary approach lends itself to: rhetoric; political rhetoric; political discourse; leadership studies; women’s studies; gender issues; satire; pop culture. « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 246Size: 6 3/8 x 9 1/4
978-0-7391-8203-1 • Hardback • September 2013 • $95.00 • (£65.00)
978-1-4985-1562-7 • Paperback • March 2015 • $39.99 • (£24.95)
978-0-7391-8204-8 • eBook • September 2013 • $37.99 • (£24.95)
Michele Lockhart teaches business communications and English at Texas Woman’s University.

Kathleen Mollick is an associate professor of English at Tarleton State University, where she serves as the Director of the Writing Program.
Diane M. Blair
I. Initial Women Moving Forward: A Fight for Language
Chapter 1: Epideictic Memories: The Argument for Spatial Agency in Frances E. Willard’s A Wheel within a Wheel
Kristie Fleckenstein
Chapter 2: “Shall America Retain the Faith of Our Fathers?”: Aimee Semple McPherson and the California Gubernatorial Campaign of 1934
William Carney
Chapter 3: From The Good Ship Lollipop to the White House: Ethos and the Invitational Rhetoric of Shirley Temple Black
Sara Hillin
II. A Shift to Modern Day: A Look at Leadership
Chapter 4: Averting Crisis: Women as Heads of State and Rhetorical Action
Rebecca S. Richards
Chapter 5: Leadership and the [Vice] Presidency: The Nomination Acceptance Speeches of Geraldine Ferraro and Sarah Palin
Michele Lockhart
Chapter 6: No Laughing Matter: Saturday Night Live’s Portrayal of Geraldine Ferraro and Sarah Palin
Kathleen Mollick
Chapter 7: Meghan McCain is GOP Proud: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Political Discourse Surrounding Feminist Leadership in the Republican Party
Nichelle D. McNabb and Rachel B. Friedman
III. Women and Politics: 2012 and the Future of Women Leaders in America
Chapter 8: The Female Email: Examining the Leadership and Rhetoric of Female Representations of the 2012 Obama Campaign
Alison Novak and Janet Johnson
Chapter 9: Western Women’s Ethos and a Response to Privilege: Advocacy in Hillary Rodham Clinton’s “Women’s Rights Are Human Rights”
Nancy Myers
Chapter 10: Media and Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign: A Model for Understanding Construction of Collective Memory
Mary Tucker-McLaughlin and Kenneth Campbell
Chapter 11: Electing the Commander in Chief: The Gender Regime and Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Campaign Rhetoric
Maria Daxenbichler and Rochelle Gregory
Face it. Women are not only underrepresented in politics, they still face recrimination for how they use political rhetoric and political discourse once they get there and attempt to provide leadership and to assert their rights to it, all the way up to the national level. These eleven essays describe a fight for language. They look at modern-day leadership, the race of 2012, women's leadership in America, the argument for spatial agency in Willard's Wheel within a Wheel, Aimee Semple McPherson and the Californian Gubernatorial campaign of 1934, the invitational rhetoric of Shirley Temple Black, women as heads of state and rhetorical action, the acceptance speeches of Ferraro and Palin (and Ferraro and Palin on Saturday Night Live), feminist leadership in the Republican Party, female leadership in the 2012 Obama campaign, Rodham Clinton's 'women's rights are human rights,' Rodham Clinton's model for understanding the construction of collective memory, and the gender regime and Rodham Clinton's 2008 campaign rhetoric.
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This thought-provoking collection of essays on political leaders, leadership, and discourse gives us a sophisticated and theoretically rich analysis to deepen our understanding of the political, social, and cultural traditions and constructs surrounding men and women as political executives, including a response to the question, 'Why hasn't a woman been elected President of the United States?'
Janet M. Martin, Bowdoin College