The Washington Post reported yesterday on a study suggesting when members of Congress have daughters, they move to the left on women's issues:
Ebonya Washington, the study author, "analyzed the family composition of the 105th Congress (1997-98), as well as how the liberal National Organization for Women ranked each member based on their votes on 20 women's issues. The rating scale ranged from zero (consistently voted against the NOW position) to 100 (always voted in accord with NOW's position). She found that legislators with all daughters have NOW scores that are 12 points higher than those with all sons. Among those with three children, 'each daughter is associated with an increase of nearly 3 points,' Washington said."
Since I have two daughters, I'm not surprised. So, to promote women's rights, I guess we have to encourage our political leaders to have more daughters. A friend of mine, who was determined to have a girl after having several boys, assures me that there are "methods" that increase the chance of having girls. Perhaps we should make them known to right-wing members of Congress? Though I must say, statistics are against us: boys make up a higher percentage of births than girls, overall. No fair.