A Woman for President
Ruth B. Mandel
This chapter is divided into two major sections: the first is a brief descriptive summary of historical and quantitative information about women as candidates for the presidency of the United States; the second is an essay contemplating the question of a woman for president from the vantage point of 2007, the moment when the first woman to be a serious contender for the highest office in the world's most powerful nation announced her candidacy for the 2008 presidential election.
“Why not me?”
A song sheet from 1961 captures the social context in which women who might have dreamt of running for president have found themselves. In large print above the freckled ...