The Gender Vote in 2008

It was the Double O Express, as Oprah Winfrey pumped up crowds for Barack Obama on Saturday from Iowa to South Carolina to New Hampshire.

For Hillary Clinton, the sight of Oprah and Obama drives home one of the great surprises — and ironies — of this historic campaign: that the first woman with a real shot at the presidency is running neck and neck with a man whose feminist appeal may be as strong as her own.

What do Democratic women want? It could be the deciding question of '08.

This hour, On Point: the gender vote up for grabs.Guests:

Anne Kornblut, she has been following the campaign for the Washington Post.

Ellen Goodman, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist at the Boston Globe.

Patricia Williams, professor of law at Columbia University and columnist for The Nation magazine. She has written extensively on gender and race.

Jennifer Lawless, professor of political science, Brown University. She is author of "It Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don't Run for Office." She was a Congressional candidate in 2006.

This program aired on December 10, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.


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