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Women as Foreign Policy LeadersNational Security and Gender Politics in Superpower America$
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Sylvia Bashevkin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190875374

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190875374.001.0001

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Hawk in the Cold War Twilight

Hawk in the Cold War Twilight

(p.58) Chapter 3 Hawk in the Cold War Twilight
Women as Foreign Policy Leaders

Sylvia Bashevkin

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 considers Jeane Kirkpatrick’s influence during the early 1980s as the first woman ambassador from the United States to the United Nations. Kirkpatrick built a reputation as an outspoken diplomat with a visceral belief in America’s greatness. She supported a muscular but prudent defense of US interests well before her cabinet appointment. As the only woman in President Ronald Reagan’s initial cabinet, Kirkpatrick helped to ensure that the foreign policy directions of his first presidency reflected her views. Critical of left feminism prior to her time in executive office, Kirkpatrick served a Republican administration that won office thanks to support from an electorate that held similar views.

Keywords:   Jeane Kirkpatrick, foreign policy, feminism, United States, United Nations, diplomacy, women, Ronald Reagan

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