Shikha Dalmia on Feminist Outrage Over Obama's Fed Pick Preferences


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Larry Summers' decision to bow out from consideration for the Federal Reserve chair means that President Obama won't now flunk the sexism test. That's because the default winner of the job will be Janet Yellen, the current vice chair of the Fed, whose promotion had become something of a crusade for the feminist establishment angry at Obama's allegedly dismal record in promoting gender equality in government. There are many good reasons for Obama to pick—and to not pick—Yellen. But, as Shikha Dalmia points out, viewing them from the narrow lens of sexism might ultimately leave women less—not more—empowered.