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Notes from the Cracked Ceiling: What It Will Take for a Woman to Win Paperback – March 1, 2011
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Ironically, in this world turned upside down, the only "woman" candidate to succeed in the 2008 presidential election was Barack Obama. According to Kornblut's claim, while Clinton and Palin had to downplay their femininity to appear strong and "ready on the first day," Obama was praised for showing his feminine side, being sensitive, relaying personal family stories of single mothers, absent fathers, breast cancer, and love for his grandmother, wife, and children.
While not personally a fan of Palin, I sympathize with her now for being thrust into an impossible position by operatives unable to understand both a woman candidate or women voters, setting her up for failure by misreading her strengths and weaknesses, and then abandoning her when things turned sour. (I now think Palin's "going rogue" might have been the most sensible decision she has ever made.)
The book is very well researched and her analysis of "what it will take for a woman to win" is thoughtful and should be number 1 on the reading list for any woman thinking of finally breaking the ultimate glass ceiling.
What, then, is keeping women from breaking through that glass? History is an obvious culprit, but Kornblut is disinclined to let the present off the hook so easily. More specifically, she faults the candidates and their large teams of handlers, who often waged behind-the-scenes battles over their candidates' public self-portrayal. Should Hillary exude toughness, or feminine restraint? How about a combination of the two? Would it help if her daughter, Chelsea, campaigned along with her? In one potent example of poor decision-making, Kornblut details the various Christmas commercials the presidential candidates aired in December 2007. While Obama focused on his home and family, Clinton devoted her airtime to wrapping Christmas presents with labels such as "universal health care" and "bring troops home." "It was hard," Kornblut wryly notes, "to quit being tough.Read more ›
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Very biased opinions - not worth for your time, honestly. I am not sure how this book got 1-2 five star reviews but they must be from her family members. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dianne Michael
Interesting insights though not enough analysis in race and racial dynamics affecting politics and elections. I would recommend it for beginnersPublished 22 months ago by kathyxian
This book offered some interesting insights into the challenges of some of our nations most visible female leaders. While not as powerful as Leaning In, worth reading nonetheless. Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by JaymeB
A combination of interviews, anecdotes, and analysis, "Notes from the Cracked Ceiling" uses the benefit of hindsight and Anne Kornblut's access to reveal the challenges unique to... Read morePublished on May 3, 2010 by Will R.
This is not a recommended read to anyone who is looking for any kind of depth or serious analysis.
Yes, the author tries to make a case for why their should be a woman... Read more