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Anne Kornblut (randomhouse.com)

Anne Kornblut (randomhouse.com)

In a poll just after the 2008 election campaign — the one that featured Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin — 85 percent of Americans said they thought they would see a female president in their lifetime.

My guest today, Washington Post White House correspondent Anne Kornblut, is not so sure.

The year 2008 saw women high in the presidential campaign, but it also brought us talk of “Caribou Barbie,” “lipstick on a pig,” “likable enough,” and “testicular fortitude.” The glass ceiling, she says, is cracked, but thick.

This hour, On Point: Women in American politics.

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Guests:

Joining us from Washington is Anne Kornblut, White House correspondent for The Washington Post. She covered Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid and traveled with Sarah Palin following her vice presidential nomination. Her new book is “Notes from the Cracked Ceiling: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and What It Will Take for a Woman to Win the White House.” 

You can browse excerpts at randomhouse.com and see a special online report drawn from the book at washingtonpost.com.

Also from Washington we’re joined by Celinda Lake, Democratic strategist and president of Lake Research Associates. She’s co-author of “What Women Really Want: How American Women Are Quietly Erasing Political, Racial, Class, and Religious Lines to Change the Way We Live.”

And from New York we’re joined by Kellyanne Conway, Republican strategist and president of The Polling Company. She’s co-author, with Celinda Lake, of  “What Women Really Want.”

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