I was discussing one of Robin’s essay questions today, about gender inequality and how women get lower wages, poorer quality jobs, and the like.
Well, it occurred to me that I had heard once upon a time that women outnumbered men in this country. So I looked it up with the most recent census numbers, and discovered that it was true, to the tune of approximately 5 million people by the most recent estimate.
So, it now occurs to me that since women make up the largest voting bloc, why is it that women do not constitute the largest bloc of representation? If women determined that they wanted a female President, there would be no stopping them, for instance. It’s simply a matter of numbers.
So, I am forced to come to the conclusion that when there is a complaint about how there aren’t enough females in Washington, or that we’ve never had a female President, women have nobody to blame but themselves. Just think about it for a moment:
Were women to take over the legislature, there would most assuredly be some change in the status of women in general, both economically and professionally. Yet only 13% of the Senate is female, and 62/435 Representatives, for a paltry 14%. That’s not even to speak of the Cabinet. Statistically, it should be much higher.
So what’s the deal here? Why do women not exercise their power more effectively in order to overcome the gender inequality that exists?