At the TEDWomen conference this week in Washington, D.C., Ted Turner said: “If women were heads of state for the next 100 years, we’d have a better world.” Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright later commented: “If you think that women would run the world better, then you’ve forgotten high school.” Who’s right?
Liz Smith: Oh, I don’t agree with the divine Madame Albright. I think Germany’s female leader is proving herself to be tough and very much in charge of Europe’s and the euro’s fates. We could all try having women leaders; they simply couldn’t be any worse.
I find myself living in a world where the majority of the accomplished women I know are the breadwinners and movers and shapers of their families. Their men are would be artists, creators, writers or stay-at-home, raise-the-kids types. This doesn’t mean their contributions aren’t great, but it sure as hell is the women who dominate everything. Is this a trend? I grew up where men were always the breadwinners. That didnt exactly “work” either.
I was a big backer of Hillary Clinton and I finally surrendered to Barack Obama as my compromise. Well, if Hillary were President you can bet the Democrats would not have lost ground in the last midterm election when Obama never got around to explaining to the American people how crucial the stakes were. He just stumbles for lack of leadership explanation. Imagine Hillary in the same situation; we’d still be dominating the House and the Senate. No woman would have let herself be Tea Party-whipped the way Obama let himself be. He just stood there. He never seems to do anything right or to be able to explain it when he is right. He is my President and I will still back him. But do I wish the U.S. had a woman in the White House? Yes. And I wish it were Hillary Clinton.
And it’s probably too late for that.
P.S. There were some real female idiots running in the primaries, from Delaware to Arizona and more. But the Congress, male dominated, as it stands, is the worst bunch of ideologues and selfish panderers to the rich, the least patriotic in the history of this country. An all-woman Congress would have to do better. They’d be ashamed not to. FOR INSTANCE, JOHN MC CAIN: a turncoat liar and hypocrite. I think Sarah Palin is downright refreshing next to him.
Joan Ganz Cooney: While women historically are less violent than men, experience tells us that women in high office seem to like to show how tough they are and behave no better toward individuals or other nations than their male counterparts. Would you rather have Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachman as president than Barack Obama? Even though he continues the Afghanistan war and is far from perfect, we know he is not basically a killer. Watching her shoot a caribou on television for the entertainment of viewers tells us all we need to know about some crazy generalization about women and men. It all depends on which woman or which man we’re talking about.