prominence of women’s rights in the recently completed presidential campaign,
it is a good time to take a look at the role that women play in the White
House. In the timely new volume Women and
the White House: Gender, Popular Culture, and Presidential Politics
by Lilly Goren and Justin Vaughn, the authors investigate how the president and
first lady exist as a function of public expectations and cultural gender
roles. Using a series of studies, Goren and Vaughn explore the relationships
among gender, popular culture and the presidency in a thoughtful, interesting
way. These studies expose why and how popular culture reflects and shapes
public consciousness about political life, and gender in specific. With a
strong, multidisciplinary approach, Women
and the White House
opens a wider discussion about the possibility of a
female U.S. president, the ways in which perceptions of gender would impact her
leadership, and the cultural challenges a woman president would face.
Goren is a
professor of politics and global studies at Carroll University and the editor
of You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby: Women,
Politics, and Popular Culture. She will speak at Boswell Book Co. on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m.
author of the popular children’s series Diary
of a Wimpy Kid, is scheduled to speak at a ticketed event at Oconomowoc High School on Nov. 15 at 5
p.m. Books & Co. is sponsoring the event. Diary of a Wimpy Kid is an award-winning, best-selling series that
follows the adventures of middle-schooler Greg Heffley. A film of the same name
was released in 2010.