Hillary Clinton may have fallen short in her 2016 election bid, but women leaders are still making waves all over the world. Angela Merkel, who has been Chancellor of Germany since 2005, has been called the Most Powerful Woman in the World. New Zealand’s Jacinda Arden was praised for enacting stricter gun control laws in the wake of the Christchurch massacre.
There are some that think women have the capability to serve as more competent leaders, including Barack Obama. The 44th President told an audience in Singapore that the world may be better off if all nations were led by women.
Obama reportedly made the comments while speaking at a private leadership event. According to the BBC, he told attendees, “INow 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. 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.”
The former President continued, “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.”
Obama ended his comments with words of advice for world leaders. “It is important for political leaders to try and remind themselves that you are there to do a job,” he said, “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.”
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