| Not a single female MP had been
elected to parliament until 1918. One hundred years
since the Representation of the People Act allowed
women a say in British politics, it's fitting to
remember the great contribution they have made since.
But do they make better leaders than men? Would
world war two have even happened with a female in
charge? It cetainly may have turned out different.
We will never know.
But what we can say for sure is what makes a good
leader or manager. A good communicator, a good motivator,
a good organiser and of course having a good vision
and being able to set clear goals for those who
follow. Many of these traits are found in women
If the law was enacted tomorrow to prevent any men
from entering parliament, could this lead to a more
effective leadership. Thatcher showed us that even
the top job can be held by a woman. There are currently
23 women world leaders, 34% of the British cabinet
members are female and over 190 MPs are female,
32% of the total.
Their more emotianal side makes them sympathetic
to matters affecting constituents. Womens organisational
skills allow them to multi task without losing focus.
And their naturally caring side means that descisions
affecting others are more likely to be taken with
more thought. But if we agree democracies are heatheir
with an accurrate representation of the population
then females are still far behind being represented
in most areas of government.
With a currently female prime minister, however,
women can still expect the same critisims levied
at any leader - male or female. She has failed to
successfully lead a team of politicians with a clear
mandate from the British people to leave the EU.
Published: February 2018
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