"The most significant threat to our national security is our debt," Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, August 27,2010


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Leadership Series: I am Woman, Hear me Roar

If PIP (party in power) loses the women in the middle, they are done. Well, that was the question for some time. PIP not only did not lose the women in the middle; they had what appeared to be a pretty good lock on their votes and support.  Now, the question is, “How big will the shift of women in the middle be away from PIP?” It appears to be rather big. We will know soon.

The women are on the move and it is not just here. As a simple matter of fact, they are already on the move across the globe and, in some cases, they are moving away from their comfort zone with the center left and the so called progressives. Why? We’ll get to that in just a minute.

There is a website called “Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership.” You can visit them at http://www.guide2womenleaders.com/  When you do, here is what you will read:

• 28 of the 192 country members of the United Nations are lead by a woman

• Women are presidents in Argentina, Costa Rica, Finland, India, Ireland, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Lithuania and Switzerland

• They are prime minister in Australia, Bangladesh, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Slovakia and Trinidad and Tobago and in the self-governing territories of The Netherlands Antilles and the Ă…land Islands

Here are some more facts and observations:

• Brazil could well have a woman president in a matter of days

• In over 40 countries women occupy at least 25% and as many as 56% of the seats in the equivalent of our house of representatives and this includes countries such as Iraq, Mexico, Sweden, Australia, Peru, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Peru, Spain and Netherlands

• They occupy 22% of the seats in the British house of commons and 18% of the US house of representatives. Source: http://www.ipu.org/wmn-e/classif.htm

• In 1945 they were 3% of the house of commons; 8% in 1965 and 12% in 1985

• Six women are presently serving as governor of a state; down from nine in 2006.

• 27 US states have never had a female governor. Lots of room for change in the good ole US of A.

So, why? What’s going on? Isn’t politics and political leadership “man’s business?”

Sure, giggle all you want. We giggled when we wrote those words. It is exactly that reaction to the simple statement made above. Politics and political leadership has been the realm of the male and, boy- oh- boy, have the boyz done made a mess of things. There is no worse track record in the history of human events than the performance of men in politics over the last 50 years. Nada. Look all you want. Analyze until the chickens come home to roost because that is exactly what is happening. The roosters may still be crowing and strutting around the barn yard, but the chicks are hatching, all over the place.

Think about who in the male group you would identify as your hero? How about that good ole boy Bill Clinton. Nothing will get rid of this guy. Scandals? Nope. Backing political losers? Nope. Heart attacks? Nope. Wife in high position? Nope.  Here are some others to consider.  Al Gore maybe?  That guy Jerry Brown in California?

Make a list. Check it twice. Mark Sanford? Eliot Spitzer? Robert Byrd? Ahnold Schwarzenegger? Ted Kennedy (RIP)? Alan Greenspan? Bernie Madoff? Rahm Emanuel? Henry Waxman?  Rudy Giuliani?  This guy Guiliani is still making dough off terrorism.  Or maybe Rudy's sidekick Bernard Kerik?  Rush Limbaugh?  Which of these guys are your personal heroes?

If and when American women decide it is time to be fiscally prudent and financially and personally responsible along with a reasonable level of generosity and assistance to those in need, the boyz will be gone for good. The girls just might whip the military in line also.   Could they be the ones to deal with the lack of competition in public education?   Perhaps so.

Watch the analysis of the November 2, 2010 election results. The women are on the move. But the boyz will be the ones moving. Movin' on out.

Hallelujah. It’s about time. Go get ‘em girls. Let’s let Helen Reddy tell you about it in her own words: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaOR_UZYA3g&feature=related

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