From this coming Sunday’s New York Times Magazine:
In what ways is politics harder for women than men?
For example, when I became the speaker, we won 30 seats. It was a victorious thing — I was the first woman speaker. It didn’t get that much play. And I’m not a publicity seeker, so it was O.K. with me. Boehner, before the election, they had him on the cover of Newsweek. Now he’s on the cover of Time, and women are coming to me and saying, “Is the job less important when a woman holds it?”
I’m sure you were on the cover of Newsweek and Time when you became Madame Speaker.
Maybe Tina Brown, the new editor of Newsweek, can put you on the cover now, only four years too late.
My point is that when a man holds the job, the press seems to view it as more worthy of that kind of attention. But when a woman — even though it was historic — holds the job, they view it as less important. We have to dispel the notion that it’s not as big a job when a woman has it.