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Women and Politics

"Eighty-two years after women got the right to vote," observes essayist Diane Roberts, "it's not remarkable to see women asking for votes." But, she says, we often respond as though it is unusual, and that limits our perspective on women as political candidates.

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Diane Roberts is a commentator on Weekend Edition Sunday. An eighth-generation Floridian, she is Professor of English at Florida State University in Tallahassee, where she pulls weeds in the spring and attends FSU football games in the fall. She went to Oxford University courtesy of a Marshall Scholarship in 1980 and earned a bachelor's degree in English literature and a doctorate in American literature.