Scott P. Brown

For Women Running For Governor, Gender Bias Takes A Subtle Turn

For Women Running For Governor, Gender Bias Takes A Subtle Turn

The day after announcing her exploratory campaign for governor, New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart turned on a talk radio station and heard a male caller pick apart her vocal patterns.

"I don’t know much about her, and maybe this is a superficial part of me, but that Valley girl type of speech and that cutesy wootsy type of talking, Shirley Temple style, I just could not vote for that, ya know?” the caller, identified only as J.R., told WTIC-AM morning hosts Jim Vicevich and Will Marotti.

Another caller opined that Stewart was the latest example of “how the women will screw up everything.”

Stewart says she long ago learned to tune out the talk radio opinionators, the...

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