Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Jeanette Rankin, the first woman in the US House of Representitives, the first woman in any part of Congress voted against the US entering World War I. Now a woman leads the House, Nancy Pelosi, as head of a group of Democrats who largely ran on an anti-this-war platform.

When the change isn't just in body details or ethnic background, but in both style and substance things start to get interesting. Women as a group to date don't seem to feel the same drive to resolve things by physical conflict. When women get political power they sometimes seem to need to prove that they can be feisty like guys. But if we move beyond that, we might be actually changing --moving from the change of spreading the jobs around, a good thing -- to changing how things are done and what happens--which could be a better thing.