And while I'm on the site I noticed this unintentionally comical Op-Ed, "What Happens When Women Legislate". Apparently, exactly you'd expect:
Cheaper tampons. Office breaks to pump breast milk. No co-pay on birth control. These are not the talking points of a ladies’ happy hour. They are among the State Senate and Assembly bills being considered in the Nevada Legislature.
Among other ideas - no sales tax on store bought ice cream, zoomba classes to be covered by medicare.
Not only were the bills designed solely with women in mind, they each were sponsored by a female lawmaker.
You don't say?
The state legislature is a testimony to what many who study gender inequity in politics theorize to be true: Increased gender representation directly translates into better consideration of women in the drafting of law and policy.
Better consideration of women? Interesting. I suppose it's a good term. Whether they are doing what's best for women is a more complicated question. But they are being considerate - making sure women get some good perks. Sure we'll create an unsafe, uncertain economic and social environment for you and your children but at least your tampons will be cheaper.
But in celebration of Women’s History Month in March, the women of the Nevada Legislature used the session to highlight issues like the gender wage gap, family-friendly work policies and the “pink tax,” or the extra amount women are charged for items like feminine hygiene products — issues male politicians haven’t historically prioritized.
Petty isn't the right word for it, because this "pink tax" - or rather the cost of the goods they consume - matters to most women. It's more that it's got nothing to do with the government. It's not like male lawmakers have been forcing Dove to charge more for their products. They are just showing consideration. There's nothing they can do about it really, but I guess complaining loudly in a public forum is a victory in and of itself.
Studies also show that although female politicians have a wide range of positions, they often are more compassionate, better at working across the aisle and more willing to compromise, qualities intricately bound in successful policymaking.
Men and women are different, but only when we say they are (otherwise they are the same) - typical stuff. I do think it'd be interesting to see a state legislature with a female majority. I can only imagine how much compromising we'd see.
An increased presence of women in elected offices will not only advance gender equity, it will subsequently help men, because women lawmakers are proving to be, across all the issues — women’s or not — more productive lawmakers.
Well I'm glad to know that us men won't be left behind. Maybe they can cut condom prices too. What I really want is just more consideration.