This election the Governor chose as his adversaries on teachers and nurses (traditionally women's professions), supported limits on abortion rights, and got behind a measure that could be sold as cutting education spending (a favorite issue for women). And voters never heard the pro-women message that could have been developed on Prop 77 -- namely that more competition means more women candidates.I never really thought about it in those terms - but, yes, teachers and nurses are traditionally feminine professions. The only time I can recall the gender divide becoming a bit more apparent was when the Governor made his "I kick their butts" statement. Not only was the line lame, but since the faces of the nurses opposing him were nearly all female, there was a nasty violence-against-women angle that resonated more strongly given his past grope issues.
I don't know if I'd give women all the credit - but it was there on some level, I'm sure.