One prominent female member of Congress told POLITICO that she has gone so far as to make it a habit to keep a man in the room when delivering orders to her political staff. Often, he is a friend; sometimes, a hired hand. He serves a sole purpose: to repeat what she says so that other men—her subordinates—listen and take her points seriously.
…Only a few of the women who spoke to POLITICO for this story suggested that this environment was rooted in intentional malice. Instead, most chalked up the slights to obliviousness.
The handful of men interviewed for this article were startled to learn the women around them are so alienated. All of the men said they were disturbed once they looked at the terrain through the eyes of their female colleagues.
“What if it isn’t just that women are excluded from lucrative leadership roles in campaigns, but what if the end result of this is fewer women in the U.S. Senate?” wondered a male Republican consultant. “It never occurred to me.”
Former first lady Michelle Obama reportedly offered a pointed opinion of work-life balance and marriage equality for women, saying that the idea that women can have it all is untrue because “that s— doesn’t work all the time.”
“Marriage still ain’t equal, y’all,” Obama said to a crowd gathered in Brooklyn on Saturday for a leg of her international book tour, several news outlets reported. “It ain’t equal. I tell women that whole ‘you can have it all’ — mmm, nope, not at the same time, that’s a lie. It’s not always enough to lean in because that s— doesn’t work all the time.”
There’s also a Gatsby-like mystery surrounding his business dealings. Epstein has many times claimed that he helps manage wealth for an exclusive client list restricted to billionaires, yet no one knows who he represents, how much his company earns or what exactly he trades. There simply isn’t a footprint in the financial world or on the trading floors, which mystifies those in the industry.
Lurid details, gossip, innuendo, and severe grossness aside, the money part is just weird.