Janet Yellen may soon be a victim of affirmative action. I know that sounds odd, but I think it is true.
To preface, I have no preferences in the competition to become the next head of the Federal Reserve, and assume that Janet Yellen and Larry Summers are equally qualified. I don't think the immense power the Fed has to screw with the economy can be wielded rationally by any individual, so it almost does not matter who sits in the chair. Perhaps someone with a bit less hubris and a little more self-awareness would be better with such power, which would certainly mitigate against Summers.
But Yellen has a problem. When this horse race first emerged in the press, many in the media suggested that Yellen would be a great choice because she was a woman, and qualified. Most of the press coverage centered (probably unfairly given that she does seem to be quite qualified) on her woman-ness. This leaves Yellen with a problem because many people were left with a first impression that the reason to choose her was primarily due to her having a womb, rather than her economic chops.
This is the downside of affirmative action.