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The Making of America's First Woman President

By Nancy L. Cohen

Counterpoint LLC, Hardcover, 9781619026117, 325pp.

Publication Date: February 9, 2016

Why Americans have never elected a woman president, how we changed to make it possible, and why it matters.
From Hollywood to the halls of Congress, a lively conversation about women's leadership, equal pay, and family-work balance is underway. On the cusp of a historic breakthroughthe potential election of America's first woman president Nancy L. Cohen takes us inside the world of America's women political leaders. Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews with women governors and senators from both parties, experts, political operatives, and a diverse array of voters, "Breakthrough" paints an intimate portrait of the savvy women who ve built an alternative to the old boys club and are rewriting the playbook for how women succeed in politics. In this accessible and often surprising story, Cohen introduces us to the inspiring women behind the women who have brought us to this threshold, and to a dynamic group of young leaders who are redefining how we think about leadership, feminism, and men's essential role in achieving gender equality. "Breakthrough" takes on our cultural assumptions to show that the barriers that once blocked a woman's ascent to the presidency have fallen, even more than we realize.

About the Author
Nancy L. Cohen is an author, historian, and leading national expert on women and politics. Nancy holds a PhD in history from Columbia University and is the author of several books on American politics, including Delirium: The Politics of Sex in America and The Reconstruction of American Liberalism, 1865-1914.