Gender and Leadership (female leadership)

Thursday 6 April 2017


I decided to start on this module later in the night than I’m usually accustomed too. Because of that, it was somewhat harder to stay focused during the time I took at start this module.

I was sooo excited to see that this weeks module is “Who runs the Word? Girls!”, primarily because I love the song by Beyonce! And no, I am not apart of the BeyHive, I just really enjoy the song.

Plutrch the Feminist?

Throughout the Life of Antony, the women placed in positions of power are deemed to be really important, however, that power can be overshadowed by Antony’s character and career. Plutarch’s biographical subjects are men, he makes women the main focus through the Virtues of Women, also referred to as The Bravery of Women. It is the rest of the conversation between Pluarch and Clea, discussing either mutal friend Leontis’ death (another female). Clea was the main focus throughout On Isis and Osiris, and was Plutarch’s collaborator at the Pangellenic sanctuary of Delphi, where he served as the priest of Apollo and she served as the priestess of Dionysus. The Virtues of Women is comprised of 27 anecdotes which dates from the mythologucal time to the middle of the first century BC. And located in most of the Mediterranean, Greece, Italy, Persia, Africa, Asia Minor, and Spain. Throughout the 27 anecdotes, it depicts a women(s) in power, how they gained that power throughout their community, and how they restored or protected civic order. The goal of the ancedoted was to “prove that the viture of a man and of a women are on in the same.”

Plutarch’s Virtues of Women, Preface, Translated by Frank Cole Babbitt

Plutarch begins by telling Clea that he does not view women as Thucydides views women. He explains that Thucydides believes that the best women talks the least, especially to people regarding things she shouldn’t know. He also believes that women should stay indoors, quiet, and never go out. On the other side, Plutarch believes that the fame of women should be broadcasted and known to many — just like the Roman custom that publicly views men adn women the same. Plutarch viwed Leontis as an excellent women. He told Clea that men’s virtues and women’s virtues are one in the same — which is explained and proven throughout history.

Although Plutarch strongly believes that men and women’s virtues are one in the same, Euripides has a different standpoint, “If, conceivably, we asserted that painting on the part of men and women is the same, and exhibited paintings, done by women, of the sort that Apelles, or Zeuxis, or Nicomachus has left to us, would anybody reprehend us on the ground that we were aiming at giving gratification and allurement rather than at persuasion? I do not think so. Or again, if we should declare that the poetic or the prophetic art is not one art when practised by men and another when practised by women, but the same, and if we should put the poems of Sappho side by side with those of Anacreon, or the oracles of the Sibyls with those of Bacis, will anybody have the power justly to impugn the demonstration because these lead on the hearer, joyous and delighted, to have belief in it? No, you could not say that either.” Euripides then says that you cannot compare/learn the similarities and differences between man and women until you put them and their actions side by side. Comparing their intelligence, their spirit, identity and inflence. You even have to consider comparing the virtues of men before comparing the virtues of men and women. But overall, one that exemplifies bravery, wisdom, and justice get the appropriate rating.

Tuesday 11 April 2017


Today during class we started of by talking about Dr. S’ shirt. He received that shirt from a marathon that he previously ran. That sparked up many questions in my mind. How do people train for such a long run? How many marathons had he been apart of? And could I even run that many miles? Dr. S also brought up that women’s marathons can be a tad bit more intense than males running a marathon. Women being the marathon by running in a pack, and once they feel like they can gain speed and maintain that speed until the finish line, they begin to pull away from the group. Whereas males just run to get to the finish line.

After discussing Dr. S’ T-shirt and marathons begun talking about civility, the concept of the term, and how to maintain one’s civility.

Civility — formal polotness and courtsey in behavior or speech. Polite remarks used in formal conversation.

Are there ways to overcome civility? There are some ways to overcome civility, trying to be the bigger person (as mentioned in class), state actual facts when a point of trying to be proven, listening to other peoples point of view, analyzing their point of view, then stating your standpoint.

Do I try to be a civil person? I personally try all the time to be a civil person, and I would like to believe that I am a very civil person. I always allow people to talk and get their point across before I intervene and mention my point of view. I believe the only time I can be considered uncivilized is when the opposite person(s) begin to raise their voice during a discussion and/or agreement. I cannot have somebody out talk me and just think it’s okay.

Sometimes being civil is just to let things go, be the bigger person.

Tom Ridge — Home Land Security underneath George W. Bush

Why does civility even matter if there is a possibility of disagreeing? Without any means or form of civility, any disagreement would get entirely out of hand. Civilly holds back much restraint for some individual, especially when taking into account that one being civil does not get angry or upset with a small problem.

Civility forms : concept of homosexuality, religion, medical standpoints (vaccines)

Heather MacDonald — would you let her speak at a campus? Would you let her speak at Howard University? -> a value is for her to come face to face with the problems. Heather MacDonald is definitely a strong willed female leader, however, I feel like she is demonstrating her leadership in a negative manner. Yes, police lives in face DO matter, but so do black lives. You cannot say that one life is superior to another, because if that is the case, do black police officers lives matter?

What does it mean to be racist? A person who shows or feels discrimination or prejudice against people of other races, or who believes that a particular race is superior to another