Yellen’s communications style to be tested (


Yellen’s communications style to be tested (

Yellen may also benefit from a honeymoon period afforded to new public officials, according to Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington.

For example, Yellen may get an easier time from the press than women politicians, says Farnsworth.

In the 2008 Democratic presidential primary, for instance, the press was often much more focused on Hillary Clinton’s hair and clothes compared with Barack Obama, Farnsworth noted. As Fed chairwoman, Yellen will benefit from an assumption of competence and professionalism that women candidates for elective office often don’t receive, he said.

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