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Women, Politics and the Public Sphere$
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Ann Brooks

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447330639

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447330639.001.0001

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Contemporary women public intellectuals: the United States (2)

Contemporary women public intellectuals: the United States (2)

(p.105) Seven Contemporary women public intellectuals: the United States (2)
Women, Politics and the Public Sphere

Ann Brooks

Policy Press

This chapter studies how Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, and Sheryl Sandberg fared as women public intellectuals in the context of contemporary political and corporate life. Elizabeth Warren used her economic stance as a major part of her focus on her Senate campaign and she has also been influential in her contribution to debates on affordable health-care and college debt. Warren's reputation has been built on her role as a ‘progressive fighter’ and comes from her track record of opposition to Donald Trump, which goes back to before his presidency. Meanwhile, Sheryl Sandberg is a bestselling author and her books and the controversy surrounding them have framed her contribution and legacy. Unlike other women public intellectuals with distinct academic careers and hugely successful publications, Sandberg does not write as an academic, but as a corporate thinker who is interested in the advancement of women in corporate life. Finally, Hillary Clinton is probably the most famous woman public intellectual on the planet. She has come closest to breaking the ‘glass ceiling’ in US politics and has provided signposts for women, both positive and negative, about what it means to be a woman at the highest levels of the public sphere.

Keywords:   Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, Sheryl Sandberg, women public intellectuals, corporate life, US politics

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