Gender and Identity in the Jigsaw Puzzle of Trump’s Zero Sum Politics

  • Margaret Walton-Roberts
Part of the The Evolving American Presidency book series (EAP)


In this chapter, Margaret Walton-Roberts provides an analysis of Donald Trump through an intersectional gendered lens. In this analysis, Walton-Roberts reveals the complex role of gender in generating support for, or resistance to, “Trumpism” in America. Walton-Roberts illustrates her argument through analyzing female voting patterns, the Global Gag Rule and anti-Abortion laws, the Women’s March in the US, and other resistance coalitions structured around multiple axis of identity.


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  • Margaret Walton-Roberts
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  1. 1.Wilfrid Laurier UniversityWaterlooCanada

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