Michele L Swers




Department of Government
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  • Michele Swers, professor of government at Georgetown, reflects on the impact the Trump victory could have on women's rights policies. What Trump’s election could mean for women: Fewer reproductive rights, new help for working families? November 15, 2016, The Conversation
  • "For one, women are more likely than men to advocate for issues often associated with women’s interests — child care, women’s health, abortion, pay equity and the like. There are many studies, but see Michele Swers’s two books to start with." Hillary Clinton will be the first woman presidential nominee — that's a big deal beyond symbolism June 7, 2016, Vox
  • “Policy attacks against Clinton are not very effective because she has cemented her reputation as a policy wonk. The attacks that are driving up Clinton’s negatives are the personal attacks on her character,” says Michele Swers, a government professor at Georgetown. Is Hillary Clinton ‘Likable Enough’? May 25, 2016, Time
  • Michele Swers, government professor at Georgetown University, discusses what can be expected of a second Clinton presidency. Is Hillary good for women? May 17, 2016, MPR News
  • “If the electorate continues to include more women, minorities, and college educated voters then it will be difficult for Trump to win with his current coalition,” Swers says. Why Donald Trump Is Targeting ‘Security Moms’ May 17, 2016, Time
  • “While Hillary Clinton has changed her campaign strategy from 2008 to 2016 downplaying her gender in 2008 and highlighting her status as a woman and potentially the first female president in 2016, one thing that has not changed is she is still running as the candidate of experience with a long resume displaying her qualifications,” says Michele Swers, government professor at Georgetown University. Why Bernie Sanders Faces a Trap at the Democratic Debate April 13, 2016, Time
  • “Fewer comments about women’s appearance and more focus on the women he has helped and worked with in business would be helpful and I expect to see him deploy more female surrogates to make his case with women voters,” says Michele Swers, a government professor at Georgetown. The Ladies and the Trump March 31, 2016, Time
  • “Research on campaigns tells us that the default image of political leadership is male so a female candidate has to both demonstrate competence and remain feminine and likeable. Hillary has always been able to demonstrate competence and experience,” says Michele Swers, a government professor at Georgetown University. How Hillary Clinton Is Trying to Avoid Being ‘Shrill’ February 3, 2016, Time
  • “Hillary may be able to boost turnout among the groups of women that Democrats target and may even be able to pull off enough of the women that generally lean more Republican such as white suburban women to build a winning coalition,” said Michele Swers, a government professor at Georgetown. Hillary Clinton, Republicans Play Different 2016 Gender Cards July 23, 2015, Time
  • "While it might be different for other candidates, particularly female candidates who are less known and still need to prove their competence, I think for Hillary Clinton it is a positive,” said Michele Swers, a professor of government at Georgetown University . The Pros and Cons of ‘President Grandma’ September 29, 2014, Time
  • “Political leadership qualities like being strong, direct and tough are considered male qualities. Women face a double bind in that you need to show yourself as tough and confident but still retain feminine qualities without appearing weak,” Michele Swers, associate professor of government, on how voters react to women candidates. What keeps women from running for top elected offices? October 10, 2013, The Washington Post
  • “Research indicates that gridlock becomes worse when the ideological distance between the House and Senate increases and when there are fewer moderates to broker deals between the two parties,” Michele Swers, associate professor of government, on reasons for the U.S. government shutdown. The increasing ideological polarization of the Republican and Democratic parties has led to the U.S. government’s shut-down October 1, 2013, London School of Economics
  • “There isn’t among the women in the Senate, anyone that is that strongly and stridently ideological that’s looking to push the envelope that way and make that kind of political point,” Michele Swers, associate professor of government, on the effects of increasing numbers of women in the U.S. Senate. Women vs. men: Who governs better? July 23, 2013, Minnesota Public Radio
  • “[still], That’s not where you’re going to find the real impact of diversifying. The main impact is in the policies they’re pushing,” Michele Swers, associate professor of government, on how females in the Senate may be more likely than males to bond with each other and with constituents. Do Women Make Better Senators Than Men? July 11, 2013, National Journal
  • “In terms of utilizing their gender, they do emphasize it if it helps them to achieve their political goals and they de-emphasize it when they’re concerned that it could hurt their political goals,” Michele Swers, associate professor of government, on the impact of gender differences in the US Senate. After Words: Michele Swers, “Women in the Club: Gender and Policy Making in the Senate” July 6, 2013, C-SPAN Book TV
  • "He basically has a year for major legislative accomplishments because after the first year you get into the mid-term elections, which will partially be a referendum on his presidency." Michele Swers, associate professor of government, on President Obama's narrow window to push through policy priorities. In speech, Obama to challenge divided Congress to back his proposals February 12, 2013, Reuters
  • "I think clearly the purpose was to thank [Hillary Clinton] for being Secretary of State but also to elevate her because everyone knows that she's considered the front runner for 2016, and the fact that she agreed to it means that she's not ruling that out." Michele Swers, associate professor of government, on the purpose of Hillary Clinton and President Obama's joint '60 Minutes' interview. Is Hillary Clinton Laying the Groundwork for Election 2016? January 28, 2013, WSJ Live
  • "Republicans don't have an incredibly deep bench of women who you would think are in the type of positions that would lead someone to become vice president. There haven't been a ton of Republican women governors; there's not a lot of Republican women in Congress." Michele Swers, associate professor of government, on why it's unlikely that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will select a woman as his running mate. Not this time July 17, 2012, The Hill
  • “Romney is in Bob Dole territory when it comes to the gender gap.” Michele Swers, associate professor of government, on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's current position with women voters. 'Mommy wars' highlight fierce battle for women voters April 13, 2012, MSNBC