The world lost one of its most influential political figures of the twentieth century today as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher fell victim to a stroke at the age of 87.
During her time as Britain’s head honcho, the country saw radical changes in policies and a shift to a much more conservative, belt-tightening form of governing. Under her guidance, Britain saw an economic revival, of which, we as Americans would currently welcome.
As I thought about how Thatcher had influenced the world, I became curious about how many women were currently heads of state in other countries. The answer to my question seemed to be roughly 28 countries currently have women as their top leaders.
I wish that America was nearly as forward thinking as we pretend to be, but the reality is that we are decades—and steam rolling toward a century—behind many other nations in acknowledging women as equals in all respects.
I’m not trying to get into an argument about the physical differences between men and women, most are obvious. My point is that women are just as capable of leading a nation to prosperity as men and many probably more so.
To be brutally honest when I look at America past and present, I personally still see the political systems in this country as a good-ole boy network. This, to me, is shameful in the least and borderline criminal. Women in this country have been trivialized and marginalized for far too long, and I for one, believe it’s time that they get a crack at solving some of the biggest problems facing the world today.
I would love, if my daughters asked me, if I thought that someday they could be president of the United States, to be able to look them dead in the eye—and mean it—and say to them: “Yes, because this is America the land of opportunity.”