In a recent post to his blog, Jack’s Winning Words, Pastor Freed used this quote –“Whether women are better than men I cannot say … but i can say they are certainly no worse.” (Golda Meir)
Younger people may not even know who Golda Meir was and many likely are unaware that there have been several female heads of government in the past. Click here to read about 7 women who were elected to the highest offices in their countries – going back to the 1930’s. there were also some who were appointed when their elected husbands died in office.
We celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Constitutional Amendment that gave women the right to vote in America this year. It is fitting that they will have the opportunity to vote for a woman to be Vice-President.
There has been much written about the differences between men and women when it comes to their style of leadership in government positions of leadership; but , in my mind, most of it boils down to the influence of empathy. Women seem to have a greater ability to recognize and empathize with the needs of the people. It may boil down to a difference between the influences of hubris and humility and the role of me vs. we in decision making. I wrote about becoming more “we-oriented” in a post a week or so ago – See Turn your m upside down to turn your life around. Maybe I was writing about being able to get in touch with one’s feminine side.
We had the opportunity in the last Presidential election to choose a woman as President, but that didn’t work out (even though she won the majority of the votes across America). We will have the opportunity again in the future. In the meantime, we can elevate a women to the second highest office in the land. It will be interesting to see what she does in that position. I suspect that we will see a much more visible Vice-President with a much more important role in the daily governing of the country.
So, in addition to finally seeing the introduction of a vaccine against the Corona Virus by early next year, we can look forward to seeing a new era in our Federal government, with a woman in a position of leadership. Will she be better than men have been in that role? As Golda said, she certainly will be no worse and I suspect we will be happy and proud to have her in that role. Get out and vote!