Fifty years into the sexual revolution, why is it that female politicians don't get embroiled in tawdry scandals nearly as much as their male peers do?
Women make up 16% of the current Congress but account for nowhere close to 16% of its illicit behavior. There have been a few scattered scandals in recent decades: Helen Chenoweth, an Idaho congresswoman, admitted to an affair with a married rancher but had already declared her retirement from office. Sue Myrick, running for re-election as mayor of Charlotte, N.C., confessed to a relationship with her husband while he was married to another woman (and managed to win anyway). State Rep. Katherine Bryson of Utah was caught with a lover on a surveillance camera and opted not to seek re-election.