Should More Women Be In Government?

Since the bra-burning movement in the 60s, women's rights have been recognized in most areas of the world. Women are looked upon as equal to men and have taken on the jobs that have been traditionally held by men. No longer are women expected to be "just" mothers, teachers or nurses, the female gender is now taking positions in the military, the police force, race car drivers and any other career path she chooses to pursue. However, there is one area that women have only slowly been able to "infiltrate." The boy's-club of the political arena.

Since George Washington first took office as President of the United States in 1789, the role of president has always fallen on the shoulders of a man. Even though now more than 20 countries currently have a woman in office and nearly 20 percent of women globally have nation-level roles in parliament, the role of president still eludes this gender. Why? Women are just as capable of running a country as a man, so why is it the public and, perhaps, women themselves shy away from this enormous task?

Having a woman in this leadership role would indeed change the way things are run. A woman in power would see to it that the rights of women and their empowerment was taken seriously. Females are also more intune to the needs of children, giving rise to the advocacy of the rights of the oftentimes forgotten. Studies show that women in power are more family-friendly in their platforms and tend to advance social issues.

Since 1954, when the Convention on the Political Rights of Women gave the female gender the right to vote and to hold public office, we have made only small strides in taking any real political role. This is not to say women are incapable or afraid to take on the challenges of this area, but are we ready as a society to entrust a female to power? Are we ready to break traditional roles and allow a woman into the "boy's-club?"

Women have a lot to offer. We look at situations differently than our male-counterparts. Shouldn't we be given more of a chance to prove we are just as worthy as a man? Women are rising up and being taught, encouraged and empowered to do all and be all they can be. Having a woman president can't be that far off. Who knows? The world may just be better off for it...