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Women and Elective Office$
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Sue Thomas and Clyde Wilcox

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199328734

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199328734.001.0001

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Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Case Study in the Rhetoric of Female Political Figures

(p.80) 5 Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Case Study in the Rhetoric of Female Political Figures
Women and Elective Office

Moana Vercoe

Randall Gonzalez

Jean Reith Schroedel

Oxford University Press

Although leadership studies identify charisma as an important characteristic of effective leaders, there has been little research into the ways that political figures use rhetorical constructs to project charisma and virtually none into the interaction between gender expectations and charismatic rhetoric. In this chapter, we trace Hillary Clinton’s use of different types of charismatic rhetoric depending on the political context and gender expectations.

Keywords:   Charisma, Rhetoric, Gender expectations

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