Cracking the Highest Glass Ceiling : A Global Comparison of Women's Campaigns for Executive Office

Edition: 1st
Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2010-07-01
Publisher(s): ABC CLIO LTD
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In recent years, more and more high-profile women candidates have been running for executive office in democracies all around the world. Cracking the Highest Glass Ceiling: A Global Comparison of Women's Campaigns for Executive Office is the first study to undertake an international comparison of women's campaigns for highest office and to identify the commonalities among them. For example, women candidates often begin as front-runners as the idea of a woman president captures the public imagination, followed by a decline in popularity as stereotypes and gendered media coverage kick in to erode the womanÕs perceived credibility as a national leader. On the basis of nine international case studies of recent campaigns written by thirteen country specialists, the volume develops an overarching framework which explores how gender stereotypes shape the course and outcome of women's campaigns in the male-dominated worlds of executive elections in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Australasia. This comparative approach allows the authors to discriminate between the contingent effects of a particular candidate or national culture and the universal operation of gender stereotyping.Case studies include the campaigns for executive office of Hillary Rodham Clinton (United States, 2008), Sarah Palin (United States, 2008), Angela Merkel (Germany, 2005 and 2009), Segolne Royal (France, 2007), Helen Clark (New Zealand, 1996-2008), Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (Argentina, 2007), Michelle Bachelet (Chile, 2006), Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia, 2005), and Irene Saez (Venezuela, 1998).

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. ix
List of Tablesp. xi
Series Forewordp. xiii
Forewordp. xv
Prefacep. xix
Introduction and Frameworkp. 1
Introduction: Gender Stereotypes and Media Coverage of Women Candidatesp. 3
Glass Ceilings Cracked but not Brokenp. 29
"She's Not My Type of Blonde": Media Coverage of Irene Sáez's Presidential Bidp. 31
Madonna and Four Children: Ségolène Royalp. 49
18 Million Cracks in the Glass Ceiling: The Rise and Fall of Hillary Rodham Clinton's Presidential Campaignp. 69
Sarah Palin: "Beauty Is Beastly?" An Exploratory Content Analysis of Media Coveragep. 91
Breaking through the Glass Ceilingp. 113
"Either Way, There's Going to Be a Man in Charge": Media Representations of New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clarkp. 115
How the Iron Curtain Helped Break through the Glass Ceiling: Angela Merkel's Campaigns in 2005 and 2009p. 137
Ma Ellen: Liberia's Iron Lady?p. 159
Renegotiating Political Leadership: Michelle Bachelet's Rise to the Chilean Presidencyp. 177
Primera Dama, Prima Donna? Media Constructions of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in Argentinap. 197
Conclusionp. 221
Conclusion: A New Comparative Frameworkp. 223
Appendixp. 249
Bibliographyp. 255
Indexp. 257
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