When it comes to winning Federal funds and support for the district, it is much better to have a woman fighting on your behalf. Political scientists have calculated that the bonus to constituents in electing a woman legislator runs to about $88 per head in government spending.
‘Many of the major pieces of legislation that passed the Senate last year - from the farm bill to the Violence Against Women Act - were spearheaded by women who got bipartisan support,’ says Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).
From “The Female Factor” NYT Amanda Foreman for Vogue, March 2013
Statements that are not surprising.
I have insecurities, of course, but I don’t hang out with anyone who points them out to me.
The idea that you might end up in a job that doesn’t allow you to be who you are, over the course of a lifetime, is still one of the most chilling nightmares to me. It’s a good metaphor for fears I have about losing my soul in some accidental, mundane way. So, to me, these jobs that my characters have are very loaded. They immediately suggest a complex character to me, a woman who is, say, a secretary, but also a vigilante on behalf of her own soul.