Apparently, in the Democratic party, education, hard work, experience, and accomplishment in a long career of diplomacy do not qualify a woman to make diplomatic decisions--but having children does.
"Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, an appalling scold from California, wasted no time yesterday in dragging the debate over Iraq about as low as it can go - attacking Secre tary of State Condoleezza Rice for being a childless woman.
Rice appeared before the Senate in defense of President Bush's tactical change in Iraq, and quickly encountered Boxer.
"Who pays the price? I'm not going to pay a personal price," Boxer said. "My kids are too old, and my grandchild is too young."
Then, to Rice: "You're not going to pay a particular price, as I understand it, with an immediate family." NYP
I myself am a woman with no children, and I'm gosh darn lucky that I work for a company that overlooks that in order to let me help make critical marketing decisions. Thank goodness I don't work for the Democratic party-- they might make me reproduce before I get to pitch in at meetings!