We would like to be the advocates of political perestroika—a less adversarial and more consensus-built system—that is what we are more comfortable with. But the bottom line in politics is crude and demanding. It’s win or lose. Nothing in between. Living with these contradictions is uncomfortable for any woman in a “man’s place.” That is what is hard, reconciling one’s internal self with the demands of the political system, which is based on male traditions and is still largely male defined.