According to this Brookings Institute study, the glass ceiling in politics is due to a gap in political ambition between men and women. That is, women aren't as ambitious in the field of politics as men.
Just as interesting there's a "cockiness gap" as well:
One-third of men, but just one in five women, rated themselves "very qualified" to hold political office; twice as many women (12%) as men (6%) considered themselves "not at all qualified."Think of the questions this raises:
Is it because of the way we raise our sons and daughters?
How ought this affect the way we raise and educate our sons and daughters?
Are there ambition and cockiness genes?
Should something be done about this? If so, what?
What does this mean for affirmative action? Women in the military? Women's lib and the NOW crowd?
As an aside, hat's off to Alaska Governor Sarah Palin who gave the keynote speech at a governors' conference lunch in Texas one day and delivered her fifth child the next day at 6:30 a.m. Reminds me of Andrew Jackson's mother who supposedly delivered a child one morning and was out in the field hoeing the corn by lunchtime.