Michele Costanza

I read that WaPo survey and some of the comments posted.

I don’t think the stereotype has existed and persisted for 30 years. My father had an older cousin who didn’t have a college degree and worked her way up the ladder to a high-ranking GS position. In my family, she was always known as the one with a “good government job.” We thought she was smart and sophisticated. At the time, she also remained single and didn’t have any kids and was very focused on her career, which may have been more of a factor decades ago for women moving up the ranks than it is today.

I think the perception decades ago was that the government was very selective in hiring and promoting, and that it wasn’t easy to get a “good government job.”