The March 25 front-page article “ ‘Year of the Woman’ fading” was hardly surprising. The conception that elected women would transform our governance is the feminist yin counterpoised to the misogynist yang. Each is merely a bias. And like most biases, each is superficial and usually wrong. The fact is, women are subject to the same compromises, errors, malfeasances and other disappointments brought to us in such abundance by male politicians.
This article reported that there is no apparent anti-woman vote. Female and male candidates win office at comparable rates.
The reported redoubling of efforts by “advocates of all political stripes” to elect more women this fall qualifies as just one more interest group bidding for power. After all, female advocates of all political stripes have little to agree upon beyond gender. They are left only with two equally pathetic assertions: Either women inherently produce better governance than men or there is a gender-based agenda that favors women as a class. Neither is a winning argument with the broader electorate.