Vance Supporter Anna Quindlen Says ‘Old Boys Network’ Argument Is Outdated

The writer Anna Quindlen supports Cy Vance for Manhattan District Attorney

Here’s feminist and author Anna Quindlen speaking at a recent closed-door fund-raiser for Cy Vance. In her remarks, Ms. Quindlen responds to a criticism often raised by Leslie Crocker Snyder about the derivation of Mr. Vance’s support, and suggests that Snyder’s argument is outdated.

Ms. Quindlen told the crowd, “Last week in a debate, one of his opponents suggested that Cyrus was only supported by the ‘old boy network.’ Well, I’m not going to cop yet to being old and I’m as far as you can get from a boy. But what that comment suggested is that his opponent didn’t realize how far we women have come from a time when we had a slogan ‘the best man for the job is a woman’ to maybe a different kind of slogan: ‘Sometimes the best feminist isn’t female at all.’”

At a September 1 press conference, I asked Ms. Snyder if she thought younger women, especially those in the industry, appreciated the kind of sacrifices she talks about when campaigning.

After talking about what she described as her own struggles to get a job in the U.S. attorney’s office, Ms. Snyder said, “The fact that we were able to make these initial challenges work, is something I’m incredibly proud of and I think young women who know about it really appreciate it. They’re more focused now on the higher glass ceilings, just as I am today.” Vance Supporter Anna Quindlen Says ‘Old Boys Network’ Argument Is Outdated