How the George W. Bush Presidency Shaped a New Politics of Gender utilizes a feminist critique of the language and actions of the Bush presidency to show how the administration, despite its "W Stands for Women" campaign events in 2004, a campaign for international women's rights in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the appointment of high-ranking female officials (such as Condoleezza Rice as national security advisor and then secretary of state, Karen Hughes as a counselor to the president and then undersecretary of state for public diplomacy, and other cabinet-level appointments), was, in reality, anti-woman in its rhetoric and policies. Viewing the presidency as an institution through a gendered lens, as this book does, is important to understanding how either an individual presidency or executive branch officials over time view women as both citizens and voters, and how that shapes public policies in the domestic, economic, and foreign policy arenas.
W Stands for Women: How the George W. Bush Presidency Shaped a New Politics o... Lori Cox Han Presidential Studies Quarterly; Sep 2009; 39, 3; Docstoc pg. 638
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