The gender police has been up in arms at the paucity of women in Obama's cabinet and higher echelons of government. Hence, Obama's choice to replace Ben Bernanke as Fed chair has become something of a sexism test for him. Should he pass up the opportunity to make history by naming, Janet Yellen to head the Fed, feminists will take it as final proof that Obama doesn't care about female advancement.
This is especially the case, notes Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia in her Washington Examiner column this morning, since Yellen's competitor, and reportedly Obama's favorite, is Larry Summers, an abrasive man with a misogynistic streak whom feminists have despised ever since he suggested that women aren't as good as men at math and science. Christina Romer, former head of the Council of Economic Advisers, once complained that he made her feel like "a piece of meat" during meetings.
But is it possible that Obama, a movement liberal, who for a while was raised by a single mom and is raising two daughters of his own is a closet sexist? Or are there other explanations for his choices?
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