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#GenderWatchSyllabus: Dr. Emily Berg Paup

THEME: The History of Women’s Pursuits for the Presidency

The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women’s Quest for the American Presidency (2016)
Ellen Fitzpatrick

Women for President: Media Bias in Nine Campaigns (2010)
Erika Falk

“The Women Who Ran for President” (2008)
In We Will Be Heard: Women’s Struggles for Political Power in the United States
Jo Freeman

Woman President: Confronting Postfeminist Political Culture (2013)
Kristina Horn Sheeler & Karrin Vasby-Anderson.

Belva Lockwood: The Woman Who Would Be President (2007)
Jill Norgren


At Least One Battle in the Gender Wars is Over

Nicole Gaouette, CNN – August 15, 2016

Clinton’s gender and the historic nature of her candidacy have been at the center of the Democratic nominee’s campaign. While her detractors are apt to raise a slew of criticisms that aren’t normally leveled at male candidates — her wardrobe choices, her hair style, the tenor of her voice and laugh, not to mention Donald Trump’s accusation that she’s playing “the woman card” — that hasn’t been the case when it comes to national security.

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#GenderWatchSyllabus: Dr. Jean Wahl Harris

Hillary Clinton’s Race for the White House: Gender Politics & Media on the Campaign Trail (2010)
Regina G. Lawrence and Melody Rose

Navigating Gendered Terrain: Stereotypes & Strategy in Political Campaigns (2015)
Kelly Dittmar

When Does Gender Matter? Women Candidates & Gender Stereotypes in American Elections (2014)
Kathleen Dolan

Beyond the Double Bind: Women & Leadership (1995)
Kathleen Hall Jamieson

Women, Politics, & Power: A Global Perspective (2016)
Pamela Paxton & Melanie M. Hughes

“Women & Leadership: Public Says Women are Equally Qualified but Barriers Persist” (2015)
Pew Research Center


#GenderWatchSyllabus: Dr. Mirya Holman

Theme: How Campaigns Try to Appeal to Female or Male Voters

“Did the ‘War on Women’ Work? Women, Men, & the Birth Control Mandate in the 2012 Presidential Election” (2015)
In American Politics Research
Melissa Deckman & John McTague

“Women Running ‘as Women’” (2003)
In Journal of Politics
Paul S. Herrnson, J. Celeste Lay, & Atiya Kai Stokes

The Persuadable Voter: Wedge Issues in Political Campaigns (2008)
D. Sunshine Hillygus & Todd Shields

“Gender Targeting in Political Advertisements” (2015)
In Political Research Quarterly
Mirya R. Holman, Monica C. Schneider, & Kristin Pondel

“Courting the Women’s Vote: The Emotional, Cognitive, and Persuasive Effects of Gender-Based Appeals in Campaign Advertisements” (2016)
In Political Behavior
Cindy D. Kam, Allison M. N. Archer, & John G. Geer


#GenderWatchSyllabus: Dr. Rosalyn Cooperman

Theme: Gender, Political Parties, and Interest Groups

Gender in Campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives (2014)
Barbara Burrell

Sex, Money, and Politics (2013)
Sarah Bryner and Doug Weber

Tea Party Women: Mama Grizzlies, Grassroots Leaders, & the Changing Face of the American Right (2016)
Melissa Deckman

“The Political Culture of the Democratic and Republican Parties” (1986)
In Political Science Quarterly
Jo Freeman

Women and the Democratic Party: The Evolution of EMILY’s List (2010)
Jamie Pimlott


#GenderWatchSyllabus: Dr. Nadia Brown

Theme: Minority Women in Politics

“Political Participation of Women of Color: An Intersectional Analysis” (2014)
In Journal of Women, Politics, & Policy
Nadia E. Brown

“Bringing Narrative In: Race-Gender Storytelling, Political Ambition, and Women’s Paths to Public Office” (2013)
In Journal of Women, Politics, & Policy
Angela Frederick

“Race, Gender, and Symbolic Representation: African American Female Candidates as Mobilizing Agents” (2010)
In Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties
Atiya Kai Stokes-Brown & Kathleen Dolan

“African American Women & Electoral Politics: Journeying from The Shadows to the Spotlight” (2005)
In Gender and Elections in American: Shaping The Future of American Politics, eds. Susan J. Carroll & Richard L. Fox
Wendy Smooth

“African American Women & Electoral Politics: A Challenge to the Post Race Rhetoric of the Obama Moment” (2009)
In Gender and Elections: Shaping the Future of American Politics (2nd ed.), eds. Susan J. Carroll & Richard L. Fox
Wendy Smooth

#GenderWatchSyllabus: Dr. Kelly Dittmar

“Cracking the Highest, Hardest Glass Ceiling: Women as Presidential and Vice Presidential Contenders” (2013)
In Gender and Elections: Shaping the Future of American Politics (3rd ed.), eds. Susan J. Carroll and Richard L. Fox
Kelly Dittmar and Susan J. Carroll

Gender Power, Leadership, and Governance (1996)
Georgia Duerst-Lahti and Rita Mae Kelly

“Making Room for Women of Color: Race and Gender Categories in the 2008 Presidential Election” (2009)
In Politics & Gender 
Jane Junn

Leading Men: Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood (2013)
Jackson Katz

“Gender and Black Presidential Politics: From Chisholm to Moseley Braun (2005)
In Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy
Paula D. McClain, Niami M. Carter, and Michael C. Brady

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#GenderWatchSyllabus: Dr. Christina Wolbrecht

Theme: Gender & Parties 

“The Selling of the Gender Gap” and “The Ferraro Factor” (1998)
In The Politics of the Gender Gaped. Carol M. Mueller
Kathy Bonk and Kathleen Frankovic

Angels in the Machinery: Gender in American Party Politics from the Civil War to the Progressive Era (1997)
Rebecca Edwards

Republican Women: Feminism and Conservatism from Suffrage through the Rise of the New Right (2006)
Catherine E. Rymph

Democrats, Republicans, and the Politics of Women’s Place (2002)
Kira Sanbonmatsu

The Politics of Women’s Rights: Parties, Positions, and Change (2000)
Christina Wolbrecht




‘She Ate Like a Pig’: Arkansas Senate Candidate Uses Trump’s Remarks About Women Against Opponent

Katie Zezima, Washington Post – May 2, 2016

The ad for Democrat Conner Eldridge, titled “Harassment,” opens with the word splashed as it would appear in a dictionary, then cuts to clips of Trump speaking about women. “She ate like a pig,” Trump said in one clip. “I’d look her in that fat, ugly face of hers,” he said in another. The ad then defines harassment and cuts to more of Trump’s past comments.

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Lesson 3: Presidential politics are not free of gender bias, and this election provides examples of both persistence and progress.

One year ago, the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation launched Presidential Gender Watch 2016, a nonpartisan project to track, analyze, and illuminate gender dynamics in the 2016 presidential election. The goal of the project was – and remains – to lend expert analysis to the dialogue around gender throughout the election season. With just over 200 days until Election Day, it’s worth taking stock of what we’ve been up to. Over the next week, we will post 5 key lessons learned. Today, we review lesson number three: Presidential politics are not free of gender bias, and this election provides examples of both persistence and progress.  (See hyperlinks for full analyses written over the past year.)

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