#WomenTogether: Why it’s Time for Female Leadership Women
“I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been.” – Sir William Golding, author of Lord of the Flies and Noble Prize recipient for literature
We live in a crazy, disparate, intensely divided world. There are currently many social issues that have been put under the spotlight which serve to highlight growing cultural divides, economic disparities, social injustices, and corrupt governmental behaviors.
Many people are living in fear or feel hopeless and abandoned by society. It is these inequalities, prejudices, and transgressions that have made the need for a cultural evolution glaringly apparent.
And the right men to lead this societal revolution. . . Aren’t men at all.
Female leaders are the unsung heroes that must band together and usher in new cultural norms that are more inclusive, compassionate, and that lead to a more prosperous and welcoming future than the one many are currently facing.
In order to understand how women can lead such a tremendous undertaking, we must first explore how they are already impacting two of the biggest influencers on a society’s culture: Government and business.
Female Leadership in Business
A recent study on what men and women really want in the workplace showed that both genders have far more similarities than they do differences. The main takeaway from the research was that, “…men and women are both searching for a different culture with new values, beliefs and behaviors that enable them to achieve business results in a more collaborative environment.”
In spite of this, gender inequality is still a pressing issue in corporate environments; which is actually quite perplexing when one dives into the data surrounding female leadership.
McKinsey & Company recently released research on the parity between men and women in the workforce which noted that if, “…All countries match the rate of improvement of the fastest-improving country in their region,” $12 trillion would be added to the global gross domestic product by 2025. Alternatively, if women were enabled to contribute to the labor market at the same percentage as men, $28 trillion would be added to 2025’s GDP; a 26% increase.
This is likely due to the variety of skills that women are capable of contributing to corporate environments.
Gallup polls have shown that women are more effective at engaging their employees than men and support higher levels of corporate innovation as they bring different viewpoints and competencies to the table.
Moreover, women are more likely to introduce a better work/life balance to their employees as many are quite familiar with the struggles attached to family obligations and career commitments. Ultimately, a better work/life balance engenders a happier and more productive workforce.
These factors are exactly why events like the California Women’s Conference are so important. In this environment, women are provided with the tools, resources, and support they need to obtain leadership roles.
Gals in Government
In recent times, female leaders like Senator Elizabeth Warren have become a beacon of hope to many; especially females who seek governmental reform.
And, frankly, women like this should be looked to as the true leaders of the cultural revolution as females tend to get into politics for much different reasons than males. Debbie Walsh, the Director of the Center for American Women, explains:
“Our research shows that women enter politics because they care passionately about an issue. Women decide to run because they’re trying to affect change on the outside and at some moment, realize the place where they can have the greatest impact is by being on the inside. . . A lot of men, on the other hand, articulate their motivations in terms of wanting a career in politics.”
Considering the typical altruistic motives of female government officials, it is thrilling to know that they also accomplish more when at the helm.
Research from Michele Swers, a political scientist at Georgetown University, has shown that liberal female legislators pass twice as many bills as male legislators; many of which were related to women’s health.
Additionally, other studies have shown that female representatives are better at generating money for their districts, which ultimately end up going to things like public education.
On average, female legislators were able to capture an additional $49 million for their districts over their male colleagues.
What all of this points to is that women are not only just as capable in leadership roles as men, they are also more prone to fight for a better future for the general public. It is these defining qualities that make female leaders the ideal candidates to drive the world into a cultural evolution that makes for a better tomorrow. In the new world, it will be #WomenTogether.
To become part of an international women’s movement that’s aiming to bring positive change on a global level, check out the 2017 California Women’s Conference, set to happen on Wednesday-Thursday, May 10-11, in Long Beach, CA. Over the past 30 years, this annual 2-day event has changed the lives of more than 1 million women. Whether you are leading an organization, a business, a nonprofit, an international movement, or your own family — now YOU, too, can discover the life-changing strategies of some of the world’s leading women — from opinion leaders to industry executives to your favorite celebrities.
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