2019 Student Research Conference:
32nd Annual Student Research Conference

Women in Politics: The Iron Women vs. The Gendered Provocateurs


Riley C. Bradshaw
Dr. Marilyn Yaquinto, Faculty Mentor

This project will compare and contrast two pathways that politically motivated women can take in order to impact the public sphere as well as public policy. The first route is that of what I will call the “iron women,” or the traditional politicians; this pathway will be displayed through case studies of Angela Merkel and Hillary Clinton. The second route examined will be that of the “gendered provocateurs,” or the opinion peddlers; this pathway will take from case studies of Ann Coulter and Tomi Lahren. This examination will done through perspectives that range through rhetoric, feminism, political science, and sociology. By using these methods, I will examine each of these pathways and analyze how this dichotomy between politically motivated women limits social and political progress by perpetuating a patriarchal system.

Keywords: Politics, Women, Social Hierarchy, Hillary Clinton, Angela Merkel, Ann Coulter, Tomi Lahren

Topic(s):Women's and Gender Studies
Communication
Political Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 207-1
Location: MG 2090
Time: 9:30

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