The voice of an American icon : a feminist analysis of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton

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dc.contributor.advisor Messner, Beth A. en_US Gabbert, Jeri P. en_US 2011-06-03T19:38:47Z 2011-06-03T19:38:47Z 1999 en_US 1999
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1999 .G33 en_US
dc.description.abstract This study examined the rhetoric of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Specifically, this analysis explored the relationship between Clinton's rhetoric and her public image. In addressing this issue, Foss' (1989) framework for feminist criticism was used to examine three key components: 1) the type of gender roles that Clinton describes and advocates in her rhetoric; 2) her gender portrayal of the first lady role; and 3) whether any alterations in her enactment of the first lady have helped or hindered the feminist cause. Clinton's rhetoric is focused on the empowerment of women, their children, and their families. Clinton's rhetorical perspective is aligned with a liberal feminist ideology and declares that women should make their own choices and should not fall victim to traditional patriarchal values and societal expectations. This analysis further reveals that Clinton combines feminine and masculine rhetorical styles to overcome the contradictory expectations that are placed upon women speakers. This analysis indicates that Clinton's image and role as first lady has fluctuated as she has grappled with societal expectations. Throughout Clinton's tenure in the White House, America has become more comfortable with her redesigned role as first lady. This analysis contributes to the lives of women by providing a model of a female rhetor who is successful despite the confines of a patriarchal society. In addition, this examination also legitimizes a woman's right to fight for equality and to use alternative ways to raise a family. Further, this analysis indicates the need to expand communication models to encompass a rhetor's blend of communication styles.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Speech Communication
dc.format.extent xi, 96 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Feminist criticism. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Presidents' spouses -- United States -- Public opinion. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Sex role -- United States. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Public opinion -- United States. en_US
dc.subject.other Clinton, Hillary Rodham -- Oratory. en_US
dc.subject.other Clinton, Hillary Rodham -- Public opinion. en_US
dc.subject.other Clinton, Hillary Rodham -- Influence. en_US
dc.title The voice of an American icon : a feminist analysis of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton en_US Thesis (M.A.)
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    Master's theses submitted to the Graduate School by Ball State University master's degree candidates in partial fulfillment of degree requirements.

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