The US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, probably the world's most powerful woman, has turned down a dinner date with other female foreign ministers at the UN General Assembly to discuss women's rights, citing a busy schedule.
"There is no slight intended. There are many different scheduling demands on the secretary," a state department spokesman told Reuters. Fifteen of the 17 female foreign ministers were due to attend last night with only Dr Rice and Roza Otunbayeva of Kyrgyzstan absent.
It's not as if the State Department is not aware of the tradition. It was started by Madeleine Albright, Bill Clinton's Secretary of State.
Dr Rice reminds me of those girls who would rather miss the monthly girls-night-out to stay home on the off chance that their boyfriend might drop by their place that night.