I wasn’t able to make it to the Harold Ford thing because I had to go to a university event for sophomores (I’m an adviser for sophomores) and I wasn’t able to sneak out early. It’s interesting… since it wasn’t something students *had* to go to, it was all the good citizen types who came, which meant that about 80% of the students there were women, but the one table that consisted of the members of the student council was seven men and one woman.
This is pretty much what one always sees on campuses — any “good citizen” type event will attract mostly women, while student government is mostly men.
When it comes to real politics, of course, elected officials are even more overwhelmingly male, even though women are (slightly) more likely to vote, on average.
I wonder if things will always be this way. Even as a lot of things about gender have changed on campuses (most notably, that women outnumber men in colleges by an average of 57% to 43%), this is one thing that isn’t changing much.