A woman does not have to make decisions based on the need to survive. She can cut through issues, call shots as she sees them.... Many bad decisions are made by men in government because it is good for them personally to make bad public decisions.
Dianne Feinstein (b. 1933), U.S. politician. As quoted in Dianne Feinstein, ch. 5, by Jerry Roberts (1994).
The former San Francisco Mayor and current United States Senator, Feinstein had been raised in an affluent family and married to men capable of supporting her. This statement—made soon after her first (and successful) political campaign, in 1969, for San Francisco Board of Supervisors—seemed to suggest that she assumed all women, or at least all who would aspire to public office, similarly had no need to earn their own livings.