The asparagus test

Kelly Dittmar, a professor at the Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics, had a friend who needed someone to fill a spot on “some sort of asparagus advisory board.”

When the friend asked a few men and a few women to join the board, the women said, “I don’t know that much about asparagus.”

The men, Dittman reports, said, “Sure, I’ll do it, whatever.”

Why aren’t there more women in government? One reason is that women, who win elections at the same rate as men, are less likely to run in the first place, Dittmar concludes in an article in the January 9, 2017, issue of The Dallas Morning News.