Making the Price Too High

When Geraldine Ferraro was picked as Walter Mondale's running mate, Jeane Kirkpatrick, U.S. representative to the United Nations, praised the choice as "just marvelous." A decade earlier, as a political science professor at Georgetown University, Kirkpatrick wrote a pathbreaking study of gender and power in America (Political Woman, Basic Books). At a meeting with TIME editors last week in Dallas, Kirkpatrick offered an intriguing assessment of the Ferraro controversy and the future of women in American politics:

I think there are interesting issues involved in this case that touch deeply on sex-role problems...

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