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Do you think that might have something to do with their looks? Sarah Palin, Kirsten Gillibrand, Michelle Bachmann are all getting attention these days and occasionally for their appearance more so than their causes.
There's no question that female politicians endure far more talk about their appearance than do men. That one is not a study, that is merely my observation having run and owning a media website. What's interesting is that some of the female political leaders who are getting a lot of attention, like Michelle Bachman, for example, I don't know that she would be getting as much attention if she were a man, in a good and bad way.
How do you mean?
She's an attractive women who I think is getting a disproportionate amount of attention. A: It's because she's saying some pretty radical things, but B: I think she's someone that the medial loves to cover. If it were Michael Bachman, I wonder if the media would be covering her as much.
Do you think we’ll have another female presidential candidate in our future?
Come the end of this year, I think you're going to see a lot of people very gun shy -- men and women -- to really make a significant run for it.
So you don’t think Sarah Palin will run?
I don't think Sarah Palin's going to make a run for it. I just think that she is going to recognize that she is in a stronger position to be an outsider than to subject herself to the scrutiny of a candidacy.
Women have seen some interesting gains recently. Do you think women will ever achieve equality?
Men and women are always going to have differences and as a result there's going to be no such thing as true equality. One of the reasons that women are not earning the same amount as men, in addition to sexism, is the fact that there are far more women who are single parents, and as a result, they have a full-time job at home and that puts them in a position where they sometimes have to make sacrifices in the workplace. The numbers are lagging significantly, but you're also seeing significant growth. It's not as if we've plateaued, so I do think you're going to see the numbers move in the favor of women.
What do you hope to accomplish with the book?
I'm just looking at what is out there. Initially the name of the book was going to be The Case for Women, and I decided that a lot of women would see that title and say, “We don't need you to make the case for us.” And I decided that that shouldn't be the title because I didn't want to give off the impression that somehow I am suggesting that I am going to be the great crusader. The question of “What now?” I will leave to the great women scholars out there -- I offer no significant addition to that discussion. The thing I think I can do is provide a little jolt in getting the conversation going.