Professor of history Ellen Fitzpatrick has written a new book that gives context to Hillary Clinton’s current race for the White House, showing how her quest is part of a longer journey for women in America. “The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women’s Quest for the American Presidency,” published by Harvard University Press, tells the story of three women who set 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. “The Highest Glass Ceiling” reveals that women’s pursuit of the Oval Office, then and now, has involved myriad forms of influence, opposition and intrigue.
Fitzpatrick, who specializes in modern American political and intellectual history, is the author and editor of seven books, including “Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation” (Ecco, 2010) and “History’s Memory: Writing America’s Past 1880-1980” (Harvard University Press, 2002). Fitzpatrick has appeared regularly on PBS’s “The NewsHour.” She has been interviewed as an expert on modern American political history by the “New York Times,” the “Wall Street Journal,” the “Los Angeles Times,” “USA Today,” the “Boston Globe,” the “Washington Post,” CBS’s “Face the Nation” and National Public Radio. The Carpenter Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire, Fitzpatrick has been recognized by the University for Excellence in Public Service.