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Jennie Carreon de Lacey, the great exception



Remarkable, but true, from Capitol Weekly:
Are women key players? Undoubtedly we are. Political operatives are often defined by their skill at either “strategy” or “operations.” Many women get shuffled into an operational role and pigeonholed there for years – and while strategy can’t work without operations – that skill is consistently undervalued. Strategists are usually credited with “the win,” but without an operational backbone, the strategy deflates. Perhaps it’s time to place more value on operational skills, given the amount of time, acumen and strategic thinking they actually require. And what about those women who manage not to get pigeonholed and engage in strategy at the highest levels, but don’t seem to get credit?
The role of women in political consulting is so obfuscated that a notoriously misogynistic rightwing LA blog recently spelled the name of Jennie Carreon de Lacey wrong in a headline when she became Jose Huizar's campaign manager, perhaps hoping to lead anyone wishing to contact her astray. A dozen aggregator blogs repeated the error, and now Google's "did you mean" tool is currently unable to distinguish right from wrong. (Here is right). After three days, the blog still has yet to correct the error, although it was advised of the error by many commenters.

There are some gender gaps. For instance, I talk to no female political consultants, no female campaign managers, not one. I know a few are out there, but the shadow side of politics is indeed dominated by men. It is sort of like architecture: try to name the tallest building in your city designed by a woman. I'll bet you can name fifty buildings that you know for sure were designed by men. (FWIW, in LA the tallest building designed by a woman is Kate Diamond's LAX control tower).