When will the United States elect its first woman president? Many political observers believed that Hillary Clinton would win the White House in 2008, and many still believe she is a strong contender for 2016. Yet, while many believe that electing the first woman president is not a question of if, but who and when, media speculation on the topic has yet to move it from an interesting talking point to political reality. The question remains: Just how close are we to breaking this final political glass ceiling? By merging the two literatures of women and politics (especially women as candidates) and presidential campaigns and elections, a winning strategy for women candidates can emerge by analyzing what political science research tells us from past campaigns and what we can expect in the future.
Lori Cox Han is Professor of Political Science at Chapman University. She has authored and edited numerous volumes, including Presidents and the American Presidency and Rethinking Madam President. Dr. Han is past president of the Presidency Research Group, an organized section of the American Political Science Association devoted to the study of the presidency.
Tables Acknowledgments Chapter 1 Electing Madam President Chapter 2 Women as Candidates Chapter 3 The Invisible Primary Chapter 4 The Nomination Process Chapter 5 The General Election Chapter 6 A Look Ahead: 2016 and Beyond Selected Bibliography Index