Tea Party Women: Mama Grizzlies, Grassroots Activists, and the Changing Face of the New Right

Melissa Deckman (Political Science)

NYU Press (2016)


Tea Party Women delves deeply into how gender, ideology and activism intersect. Deckman’s thorough and scrupulously researched account of why and how women have emerged as leaders of the Tea Party movement is essential reading for scholars of women and politics, interest groups, political parties, social movements and conservative politics. This accessible, yet comprehensive book, provides firsthand insights into how women have found their voices through conservative politics and what motivates them to promote Tea Party causes. The book is thematically timely, but will also stand the test of time, as it addresses enduring political questions of strategy, power and identity.” - Ronnee Schreiber (Author, Righting Feminism: Conservative Women and American Politics)

“Too often, the media’s caricature of the Tea Party misses the mark on what this movement was all about and why so many women felt drawn to it. In Tea Party Women, Melissa Deckman actually speaks with women in the movement and digs into the data to provide a more nuanced picture of the reasons why the Tea Party attracted many American women.” - Kristen Soltis Anderson (Author, The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America)

“Deckman profiles some of the most vocal pro-women groups of the movement…A sharp…critical analysis of how the role of women in the rise of the tea party is affecting conservative political change.” - Kirkus Reviews