Breakthrough (Kobo eBook)

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A “well-reasoned and researched” look at why Americans have never elected a woman president, what will make it possible, and why it matters (Booklist).

From Hollywood to the halls of Congress, a lively conversation about women’s leadership, equal pay, and family-work balance is underway. Here, Nancy L. Cohen takes us inside the world of America’s female political leaders.

Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews with women governors and senators from both parties, experts, political operatives, and a diverse array of voters, Breakthrough paints an intimate portrait of the savvy women who’ve built an alternative to the old boys club and are rewriting the playbook to women’s success in politics. In this accessible and often surprising story, Cohen introduces us to the inspiring women who have brought us to this threshold, and to a dynamic group of young leaders who are redefining how we think about leadership, feminism, and men’s essential role in achieving gender equality. Breakthrough takes on our cultural assumptions to show that the barriers that once blocked a woman’s ascent to the presidency have fallen, even more than we realize.