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A Recurring Feminist Dream: A New Party

Since World War II women’s rights groups have taken a direct approach to increase the political influence of women. They have demanded that the president appoint women to high-level policy positions. The practice of politicians rewarding faithful supporters with cushy public appointments is as old as the ancient Greeks and still pervasive. Through visibility and access to contacts, appointive office is often a route to elective office. Feminists want the rewards, of course, but they also agree it is desirable to appoint women for several other reasons: to represent women’s point of view and balance the male perspective; to exercise leadership; to represent women’s interests in issues; to show that women are as capable as men to serve as an example to other employers; to give women resources for elective campaigns; to build women’s self-esteem; to challenge male domination; and to be fair.