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Tea Party Women: Mama Grizzlies, Grassroots Leaders, and the Changing Face of the American Right

Melissa Deckman


This book examines why women have emerged as leaders of the Tea Party and what their emergence means for American politics. Through extensive interviews with a variety of Tea Party women, participant-observation at Tea Party events, and analysis of national survey data, this book reveals that the fluid nature of the Tea Party, with its decentralized structure, allows women with unprecedented opportunity to engage in conservative activism on their own terms, in large measure because opportunities to get involved in mainstream Republican Party politics are limited or unappealing. Tea Party women ... More

Keywords: Mama Grizzlies, Gender, Tea Party, Republican Party, Civil liberties, Big Government, Feminism, Gun Rights, Conservative activism, Grassroots activism, Sarah Palin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781479837137
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479837137.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melissa Deckman, author
Washington College