The Presidency and Women

The Presidency and Women : Promise, Performance, and Illusion

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Although no woman has yet served as president of the United States, women have played important roles within the executive branch and have found many ways to exert pressure on the president. In this work, presidential scholar Janet M. Martin studies the influence of women on and in the American executive branch. The Presidency and Women offers a sophisticated understanding of the nation's largest interest group and insight into the nation's most visible office. Martin studies in detail the presidencies of Kennedy through Carter, demonstrating both the substantive growth in women's involvement in policy making and the political showcasing of women appointees. Her analysis provides insight into the day-to-day interactions between the White House and outside groups, the outside political pressures for certain policy agendas, and the internal White House dynamics in response to those pressures. This book weaves the actions of presidents, their White House staff, and others in government with the actions of women and women's organizations. The result is a longitudinal political narrative of the presidency and women from 1961, to 1981, with a focus on domestic policy and the departments and agencies relating to that policy.show more

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  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 163.6 x 241.8 x 32.3mm | 780.19g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 10 tables, bibliography, index
  • 1585442453
  • 9781585442454

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The Presidency and Women focuses attention on an often neglected area, exploring presidential involvement in both increasing the representation of women throughout the federal executive and fostering significant changes in the employment policies of the federal civil service and government contractors. At the same time, the volume underscores the limits of such activities and the persistent tendency for symbolism to masquerade as substance when it comes to policy initiatives and naming key presidential advisers. The Presidency and Women makes an important contribution to scholarship on the U.S. presidency, the federal executive, and women in American politics and policy-making. It also promises to introduce readers to the long-term involvement of women in and around the U.S. presidency and to the evolution of and interplay between the U.S. presidency and women as political actors in and out of government.--Karen M. Hult, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University -- Karen M. Hult, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University "The Presidency and Women focuses attention on an often neglected area, exploring presidential involvement in both increasing the representation of women throughout the federal executive and fostering significant changes in the employment policies of the federal civil service and government contractors. At the same time, the volume underscores the limits of such activities and the persistent tendency for symbolism to masquerade as substance when it comes to policy initiatives and naming 'key' presidential advisers. The Presidency and Women makes an important contribution to scholarship on the U.S. presidency, the federal executive, and women in American politics and policy-making. It also promises to introduce readers to the long-term involvement of women in and around the U.S. presidency and to the evolution of and interplay between the U.S. presidency and women as political actors in and out of government."--Karen M. Hult, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University -- Karen M. Hult, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University ""The Presidency and Women" focuses attention on an often neglected area, exploring presidential involvement in both increasing the representation of women throughout the federal executive and fostering significant changes in the employment policies of the federal civil service and government contractors. At the same time, the volume underscores the limits of such activities and the persistent tendency for symbolism to masquerade as substance when it comes to policy initiatives and naming 'key' presidential advisers. "The Presidency and Women" makes an important contribution to scholarship on the U.S. presidency, the federal executive, and women in American politics and policy-making. It also promises to introduce readers to the long-term involvement of women in and around the U.S. presidency and to the evolution of and interplay between the U.S. presidency and women as political actors in and out of government."--Karen M. Hult, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University--Karen M. Hult, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University "The Presidency and Women focuses attention on an often neglected area, exploring presidential involvement in both increasing the representation of women throughout the federal executive and fostering significant changes in the employment policies of the federal civil service and government contractors. At the same time, the volume underscores the limits of such activities and the persistent tendency for symbolism to masquerade as substance when it comes to policy initiatives and naming 'key' presidential advisers. The Presidency and Women makes an important contribution to scholarship on the U.S. presidency, the federal executive, and women in American politics and policy-making. It also promises to introduce readers to the long-term involvement of women in and around the U.S. presidency and to the evolution of and interplay between the U.S. presidency and women as political actors in and out of government."--Karen M. Hult, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University--Karen M. Hult, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State Universityshow more

About Janet M. Martin

Janet M. Martin is a professor of Government and Legal Studies at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. She holds a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and has published extensively in her field.show more

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