Women are becoming much more political and powerful in many countries, including some that in the past have predominantly relegated women to second class citizenship.
As more young women are educated and fight for the rights they want, their countries will be better off as well. Having a more diverse leadership and a different, more feminine perspective will enhance productivity, profitability and peace in regions marred by years of dictatorships, poverty and destruction.
Fifteen countries/territories currently have female Presidents or Prime Ministers. They are Ireland, Finland, The Philippines, Mozambique, Germany, Liberia, Chile, India, Haiti, Argentina, Bangladesh, Gabon, Iceland, Lithuania and Croatia.
Others have had women in the past, but their current leader is male. A few are Malta, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Latvia, Panama and Indonesia.
Additionally, a few countries also have Monarchial or Vice-regal women in power. The United Kingdom, Denmark, The Netherlands, Canada, Antigua, Barbuda and Australia are a few examples of these.
The United States, while it has had women in very powerful positions, has not yet had a woman president. However, I’m sure the time is coming and I certainly anticipate witnessing this historic event. However, I also feel it is equally as important to have the right woman for the job. Hiring, voting or promoting women because they are women doesn’t help anyone. Doing it because it makes good political or business sense insures a strong country in the future.