Bell and Wang point out that there are other hierarchical, meritocratic organisations that lack transparency, such as Goldman Sachs or the Catholic Church. Again, these are entities not noted for gender diversity. Bell and Wang do grant that there is a “gap” between the rhetoric and reality of gender equality. But the lack of women in senior roles in the CCP shows something more complex than a gap; it brings into question the whole idea of “merit” and “the best” as a socially constructed term, since the winners are overwhelmingly Han Chinese and male. Of course, liberal societies also have gender prejudice. But if Bell and Wang’s case is that meritocracy needs neither democratic choice of top leaders nor transparency of selection of bureaucrats, it has to be held to a higher standard to show that the results are genuinely the “best” choice possible. In an organisation like the CCP that claims to be representative but does not tolerate openness, it is not enough “just [to] accept” its lack of diversity.
Calamity: The Many Lives of Calamity Jane
"as Karen Jones sets out dismayingly early in her book, the only things that the real-life ‘Calamity Jane’ can with confidence be said to have in common with her legend is that she wore trousers, swore like a navvy and was pissed all the time..."
— The Spectator