Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane does not represent a fresh development in women's ability to destroy themselves when playing around with power.
Because Kane was convicted on nine counts, she will serve 10 to 23 months in prison. Along the way in the legal process she lost her law license. To earn a living she will have to start on a new career path. She is 50 years old. Here is the coverage by The Wall Street Journal.
William Shakespeare gave us Lady Macbeth. Her access to power was not direct. So, she set up her husband to murder the king. Both paid for their ambition by going mad.
In a Newark, New Jersey courtroom, former Chris Christie chief of staff, Bridget Kelly, is testifying about Bridgegate. If convicted, she too could go to prison. Although she only earned about $80K (peanuts compared to what women are making on Wall Street across the river), she had enjoyed the heady experience of power.
What could females be learning about power? The key takeaway is that their opponents, competition and representatives of a code of law are monitor them as closely as they do males with power. It is all too easy to get caught or, as with Lady Macbeth, to not be able to handle the consequences of a power grab.
But this also is not new. In Genesis of the Old Testament, Eve was quickly caught and punished for not obeying the rules in the Garden of Paradise.