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Hail to the Chief: Women in power in TV and books

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We need to thank Olivia Pope for more than just her fabulous wardrobe. Since ABC’s Scandal (which features Pope as the lead character) premiered two years ago, major networks have been snatching up dramas and comedies starring strong, politically driven women. This fall’s television season brings us two new promising shows with women in power: Madam Secretary starring Tea Leone, and State of Affairs with Katherine Heigl. Add in Kerry Washington’s Pope and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s Vice President on Veep, and the silver screen is bursting with females we’re proud to call role models. To celebrate these strong ladies, here are our four favorite shows starring women in politics, and the books to enhance your viewing experience: Kerry Washington’s Scandal paired with Judy…

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