At a leadership event in Singapore, former President Barack Obama made a bold statement by saying that there would be “significant improvement across the board” if countries were led by women, and that “old men” needed to get “out of the way.”
“Now women, I just want you to know; you are not perfect, but what I can say pretty indisputably is that you’re better than us [men],”said Obama. “I’m absolutely confident that for two years, if every nation on Earth was run by women, you would see a significant improvement across the board on just about everything … living standards and outcomes”, he added.
“It is important for political leaders to try and remind themselves that you are there to do a job, but you are not there for life, you are not there in order to prop up your own sense of self-importance or your own power,” he continued.
It was remarkable to be back in the Asia-Pacific region with my sister this week, joined by hundreds of talented and optimistic @ObamaFoundation leaders. They’re making their mark on this region—and the whole world—and that's good for all of us. pic.twitter.com/LsBwoZCliF
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 13, 2019
Obama has made comments about women in leadership previously as well and constantly shown unwavering support for the same. He was at this event in Singapore for the Obama Foundation Leaders: Asia-Pacific program. The foundation’s goal is to:
“…inspire people to take action, empower them to change their world for the better, and connect them so they can achieve more together.”
Obama and his astute leadership have inspired many a people and his vociferous support for women in leadership just accentuates his progressiveness as a leader and thinker. We need more Obamas to make this world a better place.
We leave you with a tweet from his wife Michelle at the event –
This week I sat down with @LanaCondor and some #ObamaLeaders to learn more about their work to empower girls in communities across Asia. They're helping to remove barriers that prevent girls from pursuing their dreams, and I can’t wait to see the good that comes from their work. pic.twitter.com/KEBxTA29XP
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) December 14, 2019