More than fifty nations around the world have elected women to lead them. There's one gigantic exception: the United States. America, the birthplace of modern democracy, has never elected a woman president, and women have wielded substantially less political power than men. But as social change sweeps through the nation, are we finally at a turning point? Is the double standard dead? In her page-turning new book, Cohen artfully chronicles the current state of women's political leadership on the cusp of great historic change. We'll meet the savvy women who are building an alternative to the Old Boys Club and rewriting the playbook for how women can thrive in the political arena. We'll get an in-depth look at the history of women in politics and expert research on how Americans finally became ready to elect a woman president. Based on more than 125 interviews with major figures in both political parties, including senators, governors and behind-the-scenes power-brokers,Breakthrough will be required reading for the tumultuous and game-changing 2016 political season.
Nancy L. Cohen is an author, historian and leading national expert on women and politics. Cohen holds a PhD in history from Columbia University, and is the author of three books on American politics, includingDelirium:The Politics of Sex in America andThe Reconstruction of American Liberalism. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, Playboy, TheNew Republic, the Los Angeles Times, Pacific Standard and elsewhere, and she has been a featured guest on NPR, MSNBC, C-SPAN and many other national and international broadcasts. Currently, she is a commissioner on the Los Angeles County Commission for Women.