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Let’s Not Celebrate More Women in the Senate

Nov. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Years ago, as a novice representative from California, Nancy Pelosi sat quietly at many a caucus meeting while her colleagues discussed how they were going to bring peace to the Middle East and a chicken to every pot.

At one such conference, talk turned to family leave -- and as a mother of five, she expected she would finally get asked her opinion. No such luck. Many meetings later, Pelosi would become speaker of the House, and by that time her gender was noted but largely immaterial. She was a powerful speaker because she ruled with an iron hand and did what previous powerful male speakers had done -- only backward in high heels and an Armani suit, to paraphrase Ginger Rogers.