What are the first handful of countries you can think of led by men and what are they like? What about a handful of countries led by women, if you can think of that many, and what are they like? Describe the difference.
This belief I have of a world led by women would be a more compassionate one, I have held since the 20 aughts. It would have been hard to convince many people just a few years ago, with me writing this in the middle of 2020. It is still hard to convince many people now. However, in 2020, there are some absolutely amazing leaders around the world who are women who prove my belief. They’re also almost the only ones, unfortunately, but there’s no confirmation bias cherry picking happening here! Among them, my favourite is Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand. I love her leadership style so much I want to find some way to go live in New Zealand for a few years to experience life under such compassionate and forward thinking leadership, in a similar society given they elected her. Then there is Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, who I’ve admired as a leader ever since she came on the world scene in 2005. Among other women leaders I also admire a lot are Nobel Prize winner and former Liberian Prime Minister Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Nobel Prize Winner Wangari Maathai, Time Person of the Year 2019 in Greta Thunberg, among many others. Only time will tell if I am right, as more women get the chance to lead in nations, world groups and movements. However, I have no doubt I am. I never have, ever since I first thought about a world mostly led by women, rather than one where women led in just some small jurisdictions here and there.
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