Hillary Clinton is arguably the most prominent female in American politics today. How has she succeeded in a profession still largely dominated by men? What can Clinton's words teach us about communicating power in a male-dominated political system? Does Clinton talk more "like a man" (linguistically speaking) the more her political power has grown? This talk uses Clinton's speech over the course of her public career to discover how her linguistic patterns vary according to her political role. Jones analyzes Clinton's speech in 564 interviews and candidate debates between 1992-2013 and utilize a text analysis program, the Linguistic Inquiry Word Count (LIWC; Pennebaker, Francis, & Booth, 2007), to uncover the linguistic patterns of Clinton's speech over time. Results confirm Clinton's language has become more masculine over time.  Clinton's career illustrates the conformities that women make in a profession still dominated by men and by a male model. Such insight has significance not only for women and members of other marginalized groups in American politics, but also for any citizen interested in promoting a more representative democracy in an age of new media. 

 

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