Never the Oval Office? From Eleanor Roosevelt to Michelle Obama—First Ladies and Their Social and Feminist Agenda

American Studies Journal. 2017;(62) DOI 10.18422/62-07


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Journal Title: American Studies Journal

ISSN: 1433-5239 (Print); 2199-7268 (Online)

Publisher: Göttingen University Press

Society/Institution: Leuphana University of Lüneburg

LCC Subject Category: Political science: Political institutions and public administration (General) | Social Sciences: Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform

Country of publisher: Germany

Language of fulltext: English

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Martina Kohl


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Abstract | Full Text

Prompted by the 2016 elections in the United States, women’s prospects in U.S. politics have received renewed attention among scholars and politically interested circles. Hillary Clinton, without any doubt one of the—if not the most qualified candidates for the Presidency ever, suffered an unexpected defeat on November 9th. Polls, experts, and the candidates were taken by surprise. Only in hindsight do critics claim to have known all along that Hillary Clinton’s defeat might have been foreseeable. As a former First Lady, Hillary Clinton belongs to a group of women in U.S. politics that at least have made it into the White House—though not as an elected representative of the administration. As different as these women have been, they all have one thing in common: the chance to shape policy.