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Madam President? Gender and Politics on the Road to the White House

Lori Cox Han and Caroline Heldman, editors
Madam President? Gender and Politics on the Road to the White House
ISBN: 978-1-62637-886-5
ISBN: 978-1-62637-887-2
ISBN: 978-1-62637-921-3
2020/227 pages/LC: 2019042402
"An illuminating compilation of essays.... It provides an excellent overview of the many challenges—and to some degree benefits—that many women candidates and politicians encounter." —Ivy A.M. Cargile, Gender & Society

"Chock-full of first-rate analysis by top-notch scholars on questions of women, gender, and the US presidency. I certainly want this book in my personal library." —Shauna L. Shames, Rutgers University–Camden


Scholars and pundits alike have spent more than a little time speculating about why Hillary Clinton lost the presidency to Donald Trump in 2016. Their conclusions may differ, but few would disagree that Clinton's nomination by a major party changed the political landscape in significant ways—nor that the results of the 2016 election provoked a large number of women to run for office at all levels of government. The genie is out of the bottle.

In this context, the authors of Madam President? critically analyze the barriers facing women on the road to the White House—from gender stereotyping to biased media coverage, the conflation of masculinity and the presidency, gendered conceptions of leadership, and more.


Lori Cox Han is professor of political science at Chapman University. Caroline Heldman is professor of politics at Occidental College.


  • Electing Madam President—L.C. Han.
  • Comparing the Years of the Woman, 1992 and 2018—A. Pluta and M. Knight-Finley.
  • Money and Candidate Viability—V.A. Farrar-Myers.
  • Masculinity and Media Coverage on the Campaign Trail—M. Conroy.
  • Electing a Woman President in the #MeToo Era—C. Heldman.
  • Women, the Presidency, and Popular Culture—L. Beail and L.J. Goren.
  • The Public's Perceptions of Candidates' Spouses—B. Frederick, L. Elder, and B. Burrell.
  • Sex, Gender, and Leadership in the Executive Branch—K.M. Hult.
  • Gender and Leadership Challenges in National Security—M. Bose.
  • Confronting Barriers on the Road to Madam President—C. Heldman and L.C. Han.
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