What would have happened if women lead the world? If they framed the policies and chose the appropriate direction. Well, these are questions that have long been asked. However, in the history of our world, we might finally be nearing an answer.
Why do we say that? The statistics for the prime job opportunities in the modern world show them tailor-made for skills that naturally come to women. Before going into that, let’s first explore the current status of women in the leadership roles.
HOW ARE WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP ROLES CURRENTLY PERFORMING?
The overall number of women in top business roles is still painfully low. Only 5% of the CEO’s of major US Companies are women.
However, there have been improvements in other spheres.
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Today, 44% of companies have three or more women in their C-suite, up from 29% of companies in 2015. Corporate America scores much lower than France or Norway. Here, female representation on the corporate board of directors currently stands at a staggering 40%.
However, why do we say that new job opportunities are more conducive to women? The new service economy doesn’t rely on physical strength but skills that come easily to women. These are qualities such as determination, attention to detail and measured thinking. The female brain is naturally wired for long-term strategic vision and community building.
However, sectors need to be opened up to women in order to harness their full potential and usher in a fourth industrial revolution. For long, tech has led the world progress. Even though there is nothing inherently masculine about the sector, it is still heavily male-dominated. Research shows that tech companies can work better with a more inclusive board. If more women are brought in, it can be a breath of fresh air and break through the monotony of boardroom discussions.
Women’s ability to empathize and seek compromise becomes a powerful asset. If technology is supposed to service the whole of humanity, the big decisions need to be taken from a balanced perspective.
HOW ARE WOMEN WORKING IN POLITICS?
Politics and activism have already broken barriers in showcasing the new age woman who is ready to take on the world. A Greta Thunberg stands toe to toe with a Jane Goodall to explain to the world the travesties of a patriarchal society that has ravaged the climate.
Similarly, when a Jacinda Ardern gives birth in office, she shows that a woman can run a country while performing other life functions that were supposedly there to hinder her overall progress.
When Sanna Marella Marin became the Prime Minister of Finland at the young age of 34, she became the youngest state leader in the world. This was a feel-good story that resonated across countries.
The future is female – and there’s very little stopping it from becoming a reality.