Indeed, Time for Women to Take Charge and Become Leaders


This opinion article puts forth the challenge: America's diversity is growing, elected officials should also be representative of the people they vow to serve. "However, despite the country’s increasing diversity, our elected officials look markedly different from the people they’re supposed to represent."


This is in response to a news opinion article, " America Is Getting More Diverse, So Why Aren’t Elected Officials?" very recently published in which it is suggested that with the country's increasing diversity make-up, the body of elected public officials should likewise be representative of the constituents they serve; however, the fact is, it is not the case as yet.

The article cites the following data from a study by the Women Donors Network: 90 percent of politicians are white, even though white folks comprise 63 percent of the population. While more than half of all Americans are women, 71 percent of officeholders are men. The result? White men make up more than two-thirds of America’s elected officials, even though they are only 31 percent of the population—which too often leads some politicians to be disconnected from the concerns of their constituents.

This makes for a strong point for having more women leaders, not only in the political arena and public service sector – and women that are also representative of the diverse races and ethnicities of America. For unless leaders understand their constituents, or staff/employees/members/ followers, know who they are and where they are coming from, it will be always be a challenge to empathize with their people's situations. They will not be truly able to resolve issues affecting women for theirs is such a one-sided perspective, a case that is happening with most men at the helm.

This also brings to mind another news article in which it is reported a speech made by a former Wall Street woman executive exhorting women to take charge and answer the call to become leaders. In her case, the woman executive was referring to having more women leaders in business so as to prevent another financial crisis.

The underlying argument is having a wider, open perspective that includes women's voices, many problems will be much easier to resolve. It's indeed high time for women to lend their own voices of wisdom and not let the men in their household, workplace, church, government trample their rights, nor demean their value. This is not, and should not really be a gender battle, but it is a a fight for equal sharing of wisdom, talents, expertise, time, energy and being acknolwedged, accepted and respected for what women can share – especially in the political field, where they can truly make a great difference for the lives of ordinary women, and in the life of the nation.

Definitely, there are basic differences in how men and women view things and act. But these basic differences are what can enrich any enterprise when there is genuine respect and cooperation between men and women.

Thus, if more women from the different races and ethnicities that populate America today become more involved in the political life of the country as leaders, certainly there will be much less of the struggles that many American women face today.
As the writer Britni Danielle stresses: having a government that isn’t representative of its people is not only problematic but also unproductive.

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