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Portland, OR, November 26, 2012 – What unique challenges do women face as they seek and attain high-ranking positions in the executive branches of government? How can these challenges be overcome? Is there an established “pipeline” to office, or must women find their own ways to achieve power? These and other issues are addressed in a new book, Women and Executive Office, by Dr. Melody Rose, vice chancellor for academic strategies for the Oregon University System. A collection of new essays by Rose and other leading scholars, the book covers all levels of executive political office, from Hillary Clinton seeking the country’s highest office to women in Gubernatorial and Mayoral positions.

“The 2012 election results show a significant expansion of women serving in legislative bodies, but a decline of female governors,” said Dr. Rose. “That outcome points to the unique challenges of running for – and serving in – executive office, and may reveal why America is among a shrinking number of nations that have not elected a woman president.”

Dr. Rose is a frequent expert commentator on the challenges and triumphs of women in elected office. She has authored a number of award-winning books, articles, and chapters on the presidency, social policy, women and politics, and election campaigns in her previous role as the founder and first director of New Leadership Oregon/Center for Women, Politics & Policy at Portland State University. Her 2009 book, Hillary Clinton’s Race for the White House: Gender Politics and the Media on the Campaign Trail , was the winner of the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize - Honorable Mention. Rose has also contributed over the years numerous book chapters and reviews, articles, and publications including more recently, “The ’08 Real Fight: Clinton vs. Palin”; “Oregon in the Nation and the World,” and “She Flies with Her Own Wings: An Assessment of Second Wave Feminism in Oregon.”

Contents of Women and Executive Office include: Women as Executive Political Leaders— M. Rose . THE FEDERAL LEVEL. The Real ’08 Fight: Clinton vs. Palin —R. Lawrence and M. Rose . The Vice Presidency as the New Glass Ceiling: Media Coverage of Sarah Palin— K.L. Fridkin, J. Carle, and G.S. Woodall . Nancy Pelosi as Organizational Leader: In the Footsteps of Mary Parker Follett— C.S. Rosenthal and R.M. Peters,Jr . Women in the Obama Administration: Insiders, or Outsiders Looking In?— J. Dolan . THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVELS. Women in the Governor’s Mansion: How Party and Gender Affect Policy— R. Herrera and K. Shafer . Entering the Mayor’s Office: Women’s Decisions to Run for Municipal Positions— S.J. Carroll and K. Sanbonmatsu . Local Executive Leaders: At the Intersection of Race and Gender— P-t. Lien and K.E.O. Swain . CHALLENGES FOR WOMEN EXECUTIVES. Barriers Bent but Not Broken: Newspaper Coverage of Local and State Elections— D. Bystrom, N. Brown, and M. Fiddelke . Welcome to the Party? Leadership, Ambition, and Support Among Elites— D.L. Baer . Campaign Finance: A Barrier to Reaching the White House?— V.A. Farrar-Myers and B.D. Boyea . Turning the Tables: Behind Every Successful Woman— K. Dittmar . CONCLUSION. Defining the Research Agenda— M. Rose .

Dr. Rose is active in community outreach with many organizations, including serving as president of the City Club of Portland in 2011-12; featured speaker at Vision 2020’s national convention in 2012; keynote speaker at the Oregon Women in Higher Education conference in 2012; and keynote speaker at the University Club Foundation Annual Awards Dinner in 2010.

Rose’s academic degrees include a Bachelor’s degree in Politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz; a Master’s degree in Public Administration, a Master’s in Government, and a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University.

Women and Executive Office is available from Lynne Rienner Publishers; Publication date: 2013 • 301 pages • ISBN: 978-1-58826-851-8

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