from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A woman who is a leader in national or international affairs: "In foreign policy, [she] relishes her role as a senior stateswoman of the West” ( Boston Globe).
- n. A woman political leader regarded as a disinterested promoter of the public good.
- n. A woman who is a respected leader in a given field.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A woman who is a leader in national or international affairs.
- n. A female political leader who promotes the public good or who is recognized for probity, leadership, or the qualities necessary to govern a state.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A woman concerned in public affairs.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A woman who is versed in or meddles with public affairs, or who gives evidence of political shrewdness or ability.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a woman statesman
Hillary has risen past being a partisan hack in her husband's white house and has been an effective legislator and stateswoman (is that a word?).
She could be a tub-thumping British patriot, but she also saw herself as a global stateswoman.
Hillary is a true stateswoman of class and serves in the political arena that makes us all proud.
Much as Lauper idolises the original generation of blues shouters, she now enjoys the status of an elder stateswoman herself.
She didn't take any crap from anyone, had lots of children out of wedlock, was intelligent and witty, known for her abilities and was a good stateswoman.
Then there's a sudden switch in the 1970s when the two parts of Meryl Streep's altogether remarkable impersonation come together – Thatcher in pathetically touching old age and Thatcher in her political prime as party leader and world stateswoman.
He urged her "to rise above the worn-out, negative tactics of presidential politics and assume the role of stateswoman."
Please ask Obama how he can call himslef the leader of a new type of politics that is hopeful and does not tear other people down when in order to win his state senate seat, he, and members from his campaign went into a room all day and signed petitions forcing all his competition of the ballots, inlcuding his good friend, mentor, civil rights worker, and elder stateswoman who has endorsed clinton, Alice Palmer?
If the wife of a former president, prominant stateswoman, and popular figure can't be the New name Obama, then she doesn't deserve to be president.
In 1995, Alice Palmer was a longtime Black activist, a "beloved elder stateswoman" in the Illinois state senate.