The Future of Everything

September 8, 2008

Women’s work

Filed under: Uncategorized — David @ 10:28 am

A fascinating statement at the Republican convention by Rudy Giuliani. Responding to Democrat criticism of the vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, he said:

“How dare they question whether Sarah Palin has enough time to spend with her children and be vice president. How dare they do that. When do they ever ask a man that question? When?”

Hard to imagine that being said in any previous election. The following plot (from The Other Side of the Coin) shows the response by Americans to the following yes/no questions, from General Social Surveys:

Do you approve or disapprove of a married woman earning money in business or industry if she has a husband capable of supporting her?

Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Women should take care of running their homes and leave running the country up to men.

Tell me if you agree or disagree with this statement: Most men are better suited emotionally for politics than are most women.

If your party nominated a woman for President, would you vote for her if she were qualified for the job?

General Social Surveys.

Plot showing the changing attitude to women’s role in the workplace in the United States. Source: General Social Surveys.

Since the late 1960s, the number of people who would oppose a woman becoming the first female president in American history (diamond symbol) has decreased by a factor of more than four. Giuliani’s statement is a reflection of this historical shift.

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