Former US President Barack Obama, in his speech at Singapore Expo, stressed on women’s role in leading a country. “There would be “significant improvement across the board” if countries were led by women,” he said. “I’m absolutely confident that for two years, if every nation on Earth was run by women, you would see significant improvement across the board on just about everything … living standards and outcomes,” he added.

Key Takeaways:

  • Former US President Barack Obama was speaking at the Singapore Expo when he stressed women’s role in leading a country.
  • He said that women are not perfect, but are ‘indisputably better’ than men.
  • Adding to his speech, he said that there would be significant improvement across the board if countries were led by women.
  • He said most of the problems in the world came from old people, mostly men, holding onto positions of power.

“If you look at the world and look at the problems it’s usually old people, usually old men, not getting out of the way,”            – Barack Obama

Women ‘Indisputably Better Than Men’

“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),” the former US President said Monday while speaking at the Singapore Expo. “I’m absolutely confident that for two years, if every nation on Earth was run by women, you would see significant improvement across the board on just about everything … living standards and outcomes,” he added.

Most Problems Come From Old People, Mostly Men

Mr Obama also added that most of the problems come from old people, mostly men. “If you look at the world and look at the problems it’s usually old people, usually old men, not getting out of the way,” he said. “He was endlessly fascinated by the strength of women. We discussed this a lot because I was — at the time — one of (maybe the only?) pregnant person in the West Wing. He marvelled at our strength and the magic we bring to the world on every level,” Jamie Smith, who worked as an adviser in the Obama White House, noted Obama’s previous comments in a message on Facebook Monday.

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What If Women Ruled The World?

Though our society places men at the top of the social and familial hierarchy, women have always been known to incorporate the essence of unity. In fact, a recent study published in Harvard Business Review shows that women are actually better at leading diverse countries than men. Here’s why women are better than men at ruling the world

  • Women are known to believe in strengthening relationships.  
  • This quality helps them strengthen industry collaborations.
  • They are not only known to be goal-oriented but also align the process with principles and values. 
  • Study shows that empathy helps women interpret situations differently than men. 

Adding to his speech, he said that there would be significant improvement across the board if countries were led by women.

According to a Committee of 200 report, women’s empathetic attitude is a positive trait and it helps them interpret situations differently.  However stereotypical beliefs often lead the society at large to dismiss women as emotional and sentimental, thus not possessing the right qualities to hold a leadership position. But these character traits can in fact come in handy to an organisation.

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