The administration of Mass. Governor Deval Patrick has announced a program whose aim is to get more women in executive positions by funding yearlong graduate fellowships in state government at full salaries. In the first year, they will spend $1 million for 12 women.
Yes. $1 million for 12 women. In a state with nearly 7 percent unemployment, where they tell us we can’t cut taxes because of “vital” spending for the needy, we’re spending a million bucks to give 12 women jobs in state government. Typical liberal thinking.
For one thing, if you don’t think that these jobs won’t become fodder for patronage, you’re kidding yourself. Not in the first year, of course, but soon enough the recipients of these “fellowships” will be the daughters, daughters-in-law, nieces, and goddaughters of the well-connected and politically influential. Heck, Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr has made a career of exposing all the patronage hires and nepotism in state government.
Second, it’s a typical liberal approach. What’s the problem? Not enough women in leadership positions in the public and private sector. Solution? Give 12 of them jobs and then wave your hands while vaguely intoning the words “role model” and mentoring and talk about seminars that sound like typical job skills training. In this case, skills training for female graduate students with the right political connections.
Will it bring down the “glass ceiling”? It does, it will be entirely by accident. But then liberal government programs aren’t designed to fix things. After all, we’ve spent trillions on the War on Poverty and there are more poor people than ever.