Women Heads of State Jump Ahead of the Coronavirus Pandemic Curve

These leaders kick ass big time.

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It’s high time the United States “Put a Woman in Charge,” too.

Women are taking charge, pushing back and kicking ass all over the place. They have been for quite a while.

More Girl Power to ya, I say, as the husband of one strong woman and the father of two more.

Not that they or any other women need to give two shakes about what I have to say; they certainly don’t need approval from me or any other man.

In the words of the incomparable Annie Lennox and the late, great Aretha Franklin, “Sisters are doin’ it for themselves.” (Check out the video).

And if “it” means doing the right thing, they’re doing it for others, too.

In the latest high-profile example, women leaders of multiple nations have shown up their male counterparts in their handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Opinion writers around the world have been writing about the superior responses of these and other female leaders:

  • Mette Frederiksen, Prime Minister of Denmark
  • Sanna Marin, Prime Minister of Finland
  • Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  • Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister of Iceland
  • Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand
  • Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway
  • Tsai Ing-wen, President of Taiwan
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A sampling of the headlines reveals a plethora of superlatives:

“What Do Countries With The Best Coronavirus Responses Have In Common? Women Leaders,” by Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, Forbes

“Women Lead Better Than Men? The Coronavirus Crisis Proves It Once and for All,” by Netta Ahituv, Haaretz

“Are female leaders more successful at managing the coronavirus crisis?” by Jon Henley and Eleanor Ainge Roy, The Guardian

“Women leaders are doing a disproportionately great job at handling the pandemic. So why aren’t there more of them?” by Leta Hong Fincher, CNN

“Countries led by women have fared better against coronavirus. Why?” by Austa Somvichian-Clausen, The Hill

“Female world leaders are handling coronavirus crisis ‘in a really impressive manner,’ experts say,” by N’dea Yancey-Bragg, USA Today

“8 (More) Women Leaders Facing The Coronavirus Crisis,” by Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, Forbes

The women featured in these pieces kick ass big time. The writers point to their intelligence, strength, compassion, collaborative approaches and willingness to listen to experts, not to mention their lack of egos, in explaining their effective handling of the crisis in their countries.

As just one example, Prime Minister Ardern has brought new coronavirus cases down to zero thanks to her government’s “go hard, go early” strategy.

Compare that to the performance of the misogynistic, racist and self-aggrandizing U.S. president. From the earliest days of information coming in and warnings by experts about the looming pandemic through today (May 13, 2020), the Trump Administration has turned our situation into a colossal cock-up.

And in my judgement that’s putting it kindly.

While New Zealand is at zero new cases or deaths, the United States, with what appears to be a total lack of strategy, leads the world* in COVID-19 cases and deaths with 1.36 million and 82,246, respectively*, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

All of which makes one wonder… why haven’t we, the citizens of the United States, put a woman in charge of dealing with these crises and bringing about the change we desperately need? It’s not going to happen in this election cycle, unfortunately, but it can’t be long.

As Eurythmics and Franklin pointed out on that 1985 track, the chauvinistic “behind every great man” bullshit is quickly coming to an end.

There’s work to be done, but given the strong women pushing back, taking charge and kicking ass these days, we’ll get there soon.

“Put a Woman in Charge

Watch the official Keb Mo’ music video featuring Rosanne Cash on YouTube. 

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* As of 5/13/20 – data updated daily

Featured image by NeonShot via Shutterstock – https://www.shutterstock.com/g/NeonShot

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Author: Martin C. Fredricks IV

Martin C. “Red” Fredricks IV here. I’m 51 years old, husband to an amazing woman who is also my best friend, dad to three outstanding kids, Fargoan (North Dakota, that is), veteran messaging strategist/copywriter, blogger and big-time reader. (If you're gonna write good stuff, you have to read good stuff.) A ginger, too (ergo the "Red"). I enjoy hanging out with my wife, watching the kids in their academic and athletic activities, writing, hiking and riding my mountain bike.

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