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Rev. Erah
Philippines, the

women leader

We celebrate women exercising power as leaders but the reason of our celebration depends the fruits of their leadership. Are these women working towards the upliftment and welfare of the lives of their constituents or they cause their poverty, marginalization and oppression. These women leaders are for whom?

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Masum Momaya, Curator
Masum Momaya, Curator
United States

A Critical Question

This is a critical question - what indeed are leaders doing about poverty and marginalization? It seems like it takes so much money nowadays to accumulate power. For example, why in the U.S., do presidential candidates need to raise millions of dollars each month to buy time for advertisements? If these kinds of resources can be mobilized by leaders to run for office, then why can't we find these dollars for education, health care and poverty alleviation? And why can't these same leaders find this funding in government budgets?

United States

Unstoppable women of India

I think the example of leadership that we can all be inspired by are the women of India stepping up to lead as part of their local village councils. With bare resources, but extraordinary courage and collective support of one another, they are making changes through their positions of power that benefit women, men and children and the future well-being of their community. Take a look at this inspiring video of the work that they are doing: http://www.imow.org/wpp/stories/viewStory?storyId=100. I was so moved by their stories.

Colette Booth
United Kingdom

Don't be too like men

Here in England, we had a famous female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. But far from being an inspirational female leader she adopted the characteristics of male politicians and was harsh, not socially aware (although some would argue differently) and oppressive.

I do not believe this type of female leader is a positive role model for women across the world.

So how do women become leaders with their own strengths and ways of working - which are currently not really valued in the male-dominated political world in which we live?

I don't want to give up being myself to become a 'leader' (i.e. higher up the food chain!). If I did, what sort of leader would I be, having compromised everything I believed in?

Interested in people's views - female and male.


Naina Holsve
Naina Holsve

Female leadership adopted by men

My experience from Norway and Denmark, is that our leaders, both in politics and business, now have a more "female" style. And also, those leaders are more successful than others. They get more done using a soft style.

There is no reason for women to adopt the oldstyle harsh methods to force people to listen and obey. Women are generally very caring, and should stay so, also as leaders. But at the same time, we must not take everyones troubles upon our shoulders.

Sometimes it is better to inspire rather than show symphaty.

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