09/13/2013 11:53 am ET Updated Nov 13, 2013

Christine Quinn Couldn't Ignore Gender

Christine Quinn wanted to run a gender-blind campaign about her competence and accomplishments. Voters didn't give her the option. According to a New York Times postmortem, Quinn was so unyielding in her refusal to approach things "as a woman or as a lesbian" (until some eleventh-hour pandering, that is) she refused to listen to a terrifying-sounding panel of two dozen female executives, bankers, and law-firm partners, who warned Quinn that the qualities that had gotten her this far would make her unlikable to voters. (They also told her to get a voice coach.)

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