Gender And Race Bias Are Not Created Equal
By: Mark W Adams

At least not if you put together all the recent polls regarding race "being a factor" in the Democratic Primary and Loyola Marymount's study of women's underrepresentation in public office reported by Ruth Marcus in the Washington Post revealing an "ambition gap" as opposed to any overt preference by the electorate favoring men over women.

This actually challenges some of my own preconceived notions, and blows much of what Bill Clinton has said lately about why Hillary hasn't dominated the race for the Democratic nomination right out of the water.

"Somewhat surprisingly," write political scientists Jennifer Lawless of
Brown University and Richard Fox of Loyola Marymount,
women's underrepresentation "is not because of discrimination against
women candidates. In fact, women perform as well as men when they do
run for office. In terms of fundraising and vote totals, the consensus
among researchers is the complete absence of overt gender bias."

If you're a Hillary supporter, or just a supporter of women's rights in general, this is both good and bad news. Good in that, "You've come a long way, baby." Bad in that pointing the finger at me and claiming I'm sexist for saying it really, loses it's sting.