Introduction: Man Enough?

  • Meredith Conroy
Part of the The Evolving American Presidency Series book series (EAP)


In 2012, Barack Obama won the reelection, marking the 44th consecutive time a man would assume that office. At no point in America’s history has a major political party nominated a woman to be its presidential candidate. In contemporary elections, two women, Elizabeth Dole in 2000 and Hillary Clinton in 2008, were formidable contenders in primary races, but neither woman was able to clutch their parties’ nominations. Each of the two major parties has nominated a female vice president one time each; in 1984, Democrats nominated Geraldine Ferraro, and in 2008, Republicans nominated Sarah Palin. While these nominations were applauded for deviating from the status quo, neither ticket won its election. So few are competitive female runs at the White House that we can count them on one hand. Thus, the Office of the President has established itself, with no variation, as a man’s domain.


Presidential Election American Politics Presidential Candidate Female Candidate Political Office 


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