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THE FINE PRINT: Playing the Woman Card

AK headshot 1February 20, 2015

By Adrienne Kimmell, Executive Director

The Washington Post’s smart and insightful Nia-Malika Henderson rightfully pointed out on Tuesday that if women run for president in 2016, identity politics will be in full effect.

Potential presidential candidate Carly Fiorina told National Journal’s Nancy Cook recently that Hillary Clinton “will play the gender card over and over again, which is unfortunate but predictable.”

For women, or anyone other than a white man, for that matter, their status as “other” isn’t exactly a silver bullet, if you hadn’t noticed. In fact, I’d say the opposite is true. Women are still only 19 percent of Congress, less than a quarter of state legislators, about 10 percent of governors (although we did get one more woman added to the ranks this week in Oregon), and a solid zero percent of U.S. presidents. If there is such a thing as a gender card, it is not an ace in the hole.

Barbara Lee Family Foundation research on women running for office shows that playing the political “woman card” actually looks something like this:

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Clip of the Week

‘Ginsburg: A Female President Would Make a Difference’:U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg talks about women in power with Bloomberg’s Greg Stohr and Matthew Winkler in Washington on Wednesday.