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The Woman Who Might Have Been President

As former Goldwater Girl Hillary Rodham Clinton is poised to become the first woman president of the United States, it is worth asking: what prevented Elizabeth Dole — Clinton’s former Senate colleague — from breaking that historic barrier? Sexism, not just within the Republican Party but also in a larger political world saturated by media…

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It’s A Conference: Women, Politics, Fun

Yes We Can (pull together a conference in less than 12 weeks.) Leah Wright Rigueur (Harvard K-School), Robon Morris (Agnes Scott College) and I are nothing if not — impulsive? Energetic? Awesome political historians ready to respond to the moment? Whatever. In any case, we thought the nomination of Hillary Rodham Clinton as the first…

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Books That Matter: Twenty-Five Years of Gender Trouble

There are books that matter. Then there are books that matter more, like Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (New York: Routledge, 1990) that marked its 25th anniversary in 2015. Dipping back into it now, Gender Trouble’s achievements were astonishingly broad, and reached into multiple disciplines. It collated and built on…