AUTHOR’S NIGHT THURSDAY MARCH 3 at 6:30: ELLEN FITZPATRICK
Stellina’s Author’s Night continues on Thursday March 3rd at 6:30 with an appearance from Professor and noted historian ELLEN FITZPATRICK, presenting her just-released book THE HIGHEST GLASS CEILING: WOMEN’S QUEST FOR THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY.
Author’s Night is a FREE EVENT. There is a cash bar offered, and copies Prof. Fitzpatrick’s book will be available for purchase courtesy of Haley Booksellers.
“The Highest Glass Ceiling” tell the story of three remarkable women who sets their sights on the American presidency. Victoria Woodhull (1872), Margaret Chase Smith (1964) and Shirley Chisholm (1972). Each challenged persistent barriers confronted by women presidential candidates. Their quest illuminates today’s political landscape, showing that Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign belongs to a much longer, arduous, and dramatic journey.
“There are stories to be told….and Presidential historian Ellen Fitzpatrick does so superbly in The Highest Glass Ceiling… This is a terrific book that is chock full of small tidbits that add up to important surprises for anyone who thinks they already know everything about presidential politics.”—Jim Lehrer, former Executive Editor, PBS NewsHour
The tale begins during Reconstruction when the radical Woodhull became the first woman to seek the presidency. Although women could not yet vote, Woodhull boldly staked her claim to the White House, believing she might thereby advance women’s equality.
Republican Senator Margaret Chase Smith came into political office through the “widow’s mandate.” Among the most admired women in public life when she launched her 1964 campaign, she soon confronted prejudice that she was too old (at 66) and too female to be a creditable presidential candidate. She nonetheless became the first woman to have her name placed in nomination for President by a major party.
Democratic Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm ignored what some openly described as the twin disqualifications of race and gender in her spirited 1972 presidential campaign. She ran all the way to the Democratic convention, inspiring diverse followers and angering opponents, including members of the Nixon administration who sought to derail her candidacy.
As The Highest Glass Ceiling reveals, women’s pursuit of the Oval Office, then and now, has involved myriad forms of influence, opposition, and intrigue.
“Ellen Fitzpatrick’s wise and winning The Highest Glass Ceiling is destined to become the Profiles in Courage of the 2016 Presidential election…”– Megan Marshall, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life
For a SAMPLE click here for an excerpt printed in the New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-unfavored-daughter-when-margaret-chase-smith-ran-in-the-new-hampshire-primary
A professor and scholar specializing in modern American political and intellectual history, Ellen Fitzpatrick is the author and editor of eight books, including the New York Times bestseller “Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation.” Many also know her from her TV appearances during the 2004 Democratic Convention, on the PBS News Hour and on CSPAN.
Stay in your seat after Author’s Night, because the evening isn’t over. Join Ellen Fitzpatrick for Author’s Dinner at 7:30. It’s a chance to continue the discussion over cocktails, appetizers and dinner, in an informal setting.
The menu is a la carte, and there are no additional charges. Reservations are suggested.