Public Opinion, the First Ladyship, and Hillary Rodham Clinton

Public Opinion, the First Ladyship, and Hillary Rodham Clinton

Public Opinion, the First Ladyship, and Hillary Rodham Clinton

Public Opinion, the First Ladyship, and Hillary Rodham Clinton

Synopsis

This second edition examines Hillary Clinton's self-repositioning during the 1996 election, her official role during the second term, her role during the impeachment proceedings, and the beginnings of an independent political career.

Excerpt

The goal of the series Women and Politics in Democratic States is to publish original research examining women’s participation and how women’s politics affect the political life of democratic states. The twentieth century is marked by a gradual, if erratic, inclusion of women as citizens in democracies. In the early years, changes involved legal reforms, removing explicit restrictions on women’s rights as citizens to vote and run for office and organizational changes in political parties to include women and their policy concerns. Along with these change were demands—answered with a wide range of policies in most states—that democracies serve the needs of women as workers and mothers, in the last part of the century, women’s movements have wanted more than legal reforms and “women friendly” policies. They have demanded power itself, and their campaigns will not be satisfied with anything less than equality in decision making positions. Finally, regimes in the process of transition to democracy around the world are under international pressures that few of the established democracies have experienced: they must show that opening up political competition and securing civil liberties will not ignore equality for women.

Into this political world, where power meets widespread conflict about gender roles, has come Hillary Rodham Clinton, first lady like no other. With Public Opinion, the First Ladyship, and Hillary Rodham Clinton, we launch Garland’s series on Women and Politics in Democratic States. As readers will discover, Barbara Burrell has identified the major issues of gender and American democratic politics raised by the public life of a unique woman in a unique political role and showcased the profound ambivalence in public opinion produced by a public woman in a private role. It is . . .

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.