Is The Government Sexist By Barely Having Any Female Leaders?
Equality is one of those issues that is always going to be arguable in some way. There will be people who think it is not a big problem anymore and there will be people who believe that it is more of an issue than before. Both arguments are not wrong, but looking at it from a political standpoint, there are some factors that would make one believe that nothing is getting resolved.
For instance, gender equality. So many people think that men and women now have the same rights, and are not treated differently because of their sex. There are, however, some who think that is not the case. It could be seen politically, that the government may have a sexist stance on female politicians. If the government is sexist towards female politicians, then it will affect feminist decisions in the government.
In an article written for the Washington Post, writers Amanda Clayton, Diana Z. O’Brien, and Jennifer M. Piscopo wrote Americans Don’t Like it When Men Make Decisions About Women. This article goes to show how more men are more influential public leaders than women are. These women recorded incidences where Trump’s administration proposed bills, and made decisions with no females present.
For example, in January of this year, “the president signed an anti-abortion order… surrounded by men” (Clayton et al). Another example was in March of this year when officials proposed a health insurance bill that, cut services on maternal and reproductive health, and breast and cervical cancer treatment. (Clayton et al). The issue with these two examples, is that male politicians were making decisions for female health care, without having any women politicians apart of that decision making.
It helps to prove the whole point of their article. Why are all male government officials making the decisions for the women of their country? Shouldn’t female politicians be apart of those decisions since those decisions affect the women of society? These women believe that part of the government is corrupt when it comes to female leaders. I have to agree with them on a certain level. It does come across as sexist when only males in President Trump’s administration are making decisions that solely benefit women. It makes me wonder if female politicians apart of government decision making, actually get a say that means something.
This isn’t just happening in the US. The issue with more male politicians than female is worldwide, which may say a lot about how our world views female leaders. Investing and influencing women to participate in politics will truly change the issue of worldwide equality. (Women Deliver). Having women integrated into a government is very beneficial and a smart decision. For example, in an investment case done by Women Deliver, “ Companies with strong female leadership on their boards have shown a return on equity that is 10.1% annually vs. 7.4% from companies without” (Women Deliver). This percent was calculated from companies around the world combined; not just in one place. Now, yes, this may not be related to the government, but it shows that female leaders are greatly beneficial in general.
Looking at cases strictly related to the government, “women in positions of authority tend to: Resolve national crises without resorting to violence, advocate for social issues that benefit all, and allocate budgets to health and education” (Women Deliver). Some people may have heard the saying, “It just needs a women’s touch”. This is what can sum up that quote. More times than not, women have a tendency to want to resolve issues in a peaceful way with a decent compromise. So, if they can resort to less violence, create plans beneficial to all, and create budgets that help health and education, then why aren’t there more female leaders?
This year already, only 18.3% of government officials worldwide, are women. In the year 2015, parliamentarians on a global scale were 22% women. Between the years 1992 and 2011, women accounted for less than 10% of those involved with peace negotiations. These were all taken from case studies done by women from Women Deliver. This gives a glimpse of how little of an amount of female leaders there are in the world. This isn’t just an American issue. This is something that the whole world needs to fix.
The statistics shown earlier prove that having women involved in leadership is an overall beneficial decision to make. So, why is it still hard to integrate? I believe there is a sexist mentality, that some governments have. What makes this difficult, is that some of these governments may deny it because they are unaware that their actions are speaking sexism when their words are speaking equality.
There are going to be people who do not see the affects their actions and words have on society and the world ass a whole. Especially, when those people are government officials, politicians, and leaders. People in these positions of authority, have to be careful with how they go about treating women because when they don’t, they get those labels that hurt their reputation, and dampers the trust the once had with their society.
In the world today, an issue like this is important to talk about. Signs of sexism has spread globally and in America, didn’t just now start with Trump’s administration. This has been going on for decades, and it either starts to get better or it starts to get far worse. There needs to be a point in time, where words are put into action, and it only gets better from here on out.
The biggest step in doing that, is to have more women making decisions in congress, parliaments, senates, treaties, bills, and negotiations. Not only will it increase success rates, but it will inspire other countries and women around the world to achieve political, commercial, and corporate positions of authority, knowing that they will have the same opportunities to succeed as men do. Sexism is not an issue that can never be resolved. It is an issue that can be resolved by teaching men and women to believe that both can equally empower and benefit their nations.
“Strengthen Women’s Political Participation and Decision-Making Power.” Women Deliver. Retrieved 9 Oct 2017. Web.
Clayton, Amanda, et al. “Analysis | Americans don’t like it when men (and only men) make decisions about women.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 4 Apr. 2017. Retrieved, 5 Oct 2017. Web.