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In order to understand the motivations for and implications of Hillary Clinton's historic run for the White House— and her subsequent defeat—the authors explore sexism and gender bias in U.S. political and social culture.
While there is some indication that overt sexism toward women in politics is declining, whether this is true for women who run for the highest office in American politics remains relatively unknown. Hillary Clinton's historic run as the 2016 Democratic nominee, however, allows scholars and journalists to contextualize decades of scholarship on sex, gender, and the American presidency.
In Sex and Gender in the 2016 Presidential Election, the authors, all experts on gender in politics, analyze the nature of gender in public opinion, media coverage, social media, and culture during the 2016 presidential election. They assess whether conventional expectations and theories hold up in today's sociopolitical climate. Moreover, they consider how Clinton's foray into relatively uncharted territory might redirect the political field—and its implications for women with political ambitions—going forward.
- Analyzes original data such as Twitter hashtags, exit polls, and other public opinion data
Goes beyond women-in-politics research to consider gender as a barrier to political equality
Describes the media's involvement in perpetuating gender stereotypes
Considers rape culture as an important aspect of both the Trump campaign and the general election
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"Caroline Heldman, Meredith Conroy, and Alissa R. Ackerman make a compelling case for their central argument that sex and gender were critical determinants of the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. The authors weave together past research, historical narrative, electoral case studies, and original analysis of Twitter posts to demonstrate how strongly masculinity shapes our expectations about presidential candidates and how extensively sexism pervades the conduct of campaigns. Jam-packed with astute observations and provocative insights, this book is must reading for anyone interested in understanding the gender dynamics of contemporary elections."
"If you are someone who, like me, thinks this country desperately needs more leadership from women at all levels, buy Sex and Gender in the 2016 Presidential Election for yourself and read it carefully. If you teach, assign it. And if you're in media or politics, keep a copy on your desk next to your computer, because as an up-to-date, one-stop resource for research and analysis about the formidable and ongoing obstacles to the ascension of women candidates to the nation's highest office, it has no peer."
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