Until There Is Equality For Single People, There Will Not Be Gender Equality

The 115th Congress freshman class. The U.S. has only closed 16.4% of the political empowerment gap between genders. Photo by Fred Schilling, U.S. House of Representatives / Public Domain.

Last year in Thailand, the 67-year-old king appointed 34-year-old Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi to be the first royal consort since the 1920s. This made her an official companion to the king but junior to the queen. A nurse, pilot, and general, Sineenat was depicted in palace photographs as a fantastical figure: simultaneously accomplished, alluring, and…