By Leslie Sanchez
Leslie Sanchez -- strategist, author and political seer -- spent a lot of 2008 as an analyst on CNN, examining, investigating and deciphering the historical second for girls and politics that used to be the presidential election. And what she sees sooner or later is a panorama replaced greatly for girls across the world and their expectancies. In you might have Come some distance, probably, she debunks the cultural and political myths surrounding ladies, and appears on the wide variety of reactions Hillary, Michelle and Sarah provoked from the small cities to the massive urban salons to the Sunday speak shows. She will pay specified recognition to these such a lot lively and such a lot tested through the election: the upset Hillary supporters, the rabid Sarah Palin lovers, and everybody else puzzling over in regards to the function of the recent First girl. alongside the way in which, Leslie takes a troublesome examine what the election will suggest for women now and sooner or later, and likewise at what leaders may possibly emerge in 2012, and past.
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Brickley, after some consideration of the disastrous results the GOP experienced in the 2006 election, came to the conclusion 45 YOU’VE COME A LONG WAY, MAYBE that, for the Republicans to retain the White House in 2008, they needed to make a radical break with party tradition. To Brickley, that break was to put a woman in the No. 2 slot on the national ticket. Dismissing Republican senators Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas and Olympia Snowe of Maine as too moderate, Brickley settled on Palin, who was quietly establishing a reputation for competent and conservative governance in the nation’s forty-ninth state.
Caller: Right. 6 Did Limbaugh believe he was issuing Palin a compliment? Did he believe that his comments would increase Palin’s credibility on the issues that voters cared about? If he did, why did he believe it? Could it have been that he, like McCain, was playing by the same old patriarchal rules that even Clinton, however unwittingly, had been playing by? Could it have been that Limbaugh, like McCain, believed that a show of changing the rules—inviting a woman to be part of the team—would suffice for substance—allowing her to actually play the game?
They had to soften her image. She should have just been Hillary. ”13 Certainly Clinton herself tried to remind them that they were women, that they shared the same struggles and, in fact, their progress was a direct result of the battles her generation had fought and won. Beginning with her own mother, Clinton frequently stumped with much older women by her side, using them as a way to visually underpin the historic nature of her campaign. The accompanying speeches invariably referred to the woman’s advanced age—perhaps the Nineteenth Amendment had yet to be passed at the time the particular woman had been born and now, here they all were, less than a hundred years later, at a rally for the first woman candidate with a real possibility of getting the job that, at one time, the woman in question wasn’t even enfranchised to vote for.
You've Come a Long Way, Maybe: Sarah, Michelle, Hillary, and the Shaping of the New American Woman by Leslie Sanchez