Magazine article The Spectator

A Woman's Hand

Magazine article The Spectator

A Woman's Hand

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AT a recent dinner party, I was asked whether men and women are equally good at bridge. Not at the very highest level, I replied. If you were to name the top hundred players in the world, very few would be women. When I was asked why, I said I thought it was quite possible that our minds worked slightly differently. The man sitting on my left - a leading young novelist - asked if I wrote my bridge column for the Telegraph, and when I said it was The Spectator, he gave a knowing nod (it obviously came to much the same thing). Clearly, his assumption was that I had to be right-wing to hold such a view.

Well, I don't, in fact, think of myself as particularly political - it's just that, given the equal opportunities in bridge, it's hard not to suspect that the preponderance of men at the top is due to some innate difference. …

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