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Political Wives

Why We Are Fascinated By (and Rooting For) Huma

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 09.28.2013 | New York
Jeanne Zaino

We all like a good story of beating the odds, of someone who has been wronged who makes the best of it, and not only survives but thrives. We all want to believe we can do that too, but fear in reality the odds are stacked against us -- at least more so than they are against political wives.

Are You An Ann Or A Michelle?

Slate XX | Posted 10.26.2012 | Women

Jaclyn Friedman at the American Prospect has written an excellent piece on the expansion of the role of first ladies and would-be first ladies in camp...

What Really Makes 'The Good Wife' Great

The New Yorker | Posted 02.27.2012 | Women

When The Good Wife premiered, on CBS in 2009, it appeared to have a simple premise: it was a meditation on the political wife who stood by her man. Th...

Why The French View Political Wives Differently

The Huffington Post | Claire Gordon | Posted 12.20.2011 | Women

In the U.S., when a political wife stands by her disgraced husband, she becomes an object of pity and fascination. What pain teems behind her frozen e...

Dear Mrs. (Herman) Cain: Don't Be So Sure Your Husband "Totally" Respects Women

Shelley Ross | Posted 01.16.2012 | Politics
Shelley Ross

Poor Gloria Cain. I'm afraid Herman Cain's wife of 43 years is about to suffer some of the indignities experienced by the women who have accused him of egregious groping and abuse of power.

Revenge, European Style

Eva Nagorski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Eva Nagorski

Europe's political wives are no longer standing by their men. In fact, they're more inclined to stand anywhere where they can give them a good clean kick in the derriere.